Mickens likeliest path to the Jaguars' 53-man roster is in the role of punt returner, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL reports. The Jaguars' receiving corps may have lost the likes of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns to free agency this offseason, but Marqise Lee and Donte Moncrief now headline a surprisingly deep group. Mickens proved to be a quality punt returner for Jacksonville in 2017, totaling 287 yards on 27 returns (10.6 yards per return) and one touchdown. However, the 24-year-old did fumble the ball four times (two lost) in his limited touches, and increased ball security could prove pivotal in securing a roster spot in September.
Mickens (hamstring) won't appear Wednesday on the Jaguars' first injury report of the week. Mickens was listed as questionable heading into the Jaguars' eventual 45-42 win over the Steelers in the divisional round due to the hamstring injury, with Jacksonville ultimately ruling him inactive for the contest. It's unclear if the injury was the primary reason behind Mickens' absence or if the team's improved health at receiver played more of a factor in the 23-year-old being scratched. Regardless, if Mickens does suit up Sunday in the AFC championship against New England, he'll likely see most of his action on special teams, as was the case in the team's wild-card round victory over the Bills.
Mickens (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers. With Mickens out Sunday, the Jaguars will go with a wideout corps led by Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole, with Lee, Westbrook and Cole candidates to fill in for Mickens at punt returner, per Mike Kaye of First Coast News.
Mickens (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers after practicing in a limited fashion all week. Mickens made a splash in Week 15 by catching four passes for 61 yards and two TDs in a 45-7 win over the Texans, but that effort was made possible by Marqise Lee's early exit from the contest, coupled with Allen Hurns being sidelined that week. If he's active Sunday, Mickens will work in a complementary role, with Lee and Hurns healthy enough to play, with Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole also in the mix.
Mickens (hamstring) was a limited participant at the Jaguars' practice Wednesday. Mickens sustained the injury in last Sunday's wild-card victory over the Bills, playing only seven special teams snaps in the contest. The 23-year-old's status for the divisional round should become more apparent following Thursday and Friday's practice sessions.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New York Giants||25||20.75|
|2||09/16||New England Patriots||27||22.58|
|4||09/30||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|5||10/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
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|3 Year Avg||11||6||77||2||4||12.83||15|