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NFC Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 13-4-0
6-0-0 12-5-0
3-3-0 12-5-0
4-2-0 11-6-0
2-4-0 10-7-0
3-3-0 9-8-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
4-2-0 8-9-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
3-3-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 6-11-0
2-4-0 5-12-0
1-5-0 4-13-0
2-4-0 3-13-1

2021 Receiving

STATS REC
Receptions
YDS
Receiving Yards
AVG
Average Yards per Reception
TD
Receiving Touchdowns
LNG
Longest Reception
Regular Season 6 43 7.2 0 29
Post Season

Top Jaelon Darden News

  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Posts 67 return yards before exit

    Darden, who exited Sunday's divisional-round loss to the Rams in the fourth quarter with a concussion, returned four kickoffs for 62 yards and one punt for five yards prior to his injury. He completed his rookie season with six receptions for 43 yards on 12 targets, one carry for 11 yards and 501 combined return yards across nine games.

    The Bucs have high hopes for Darden as an eventual downfield threat, but given the depth the team enjoyed at receiver most of the season, 2021 was more about acclimating the North Texas product to the speed of the NFL. That was primarily accomplished through getting Darden consistent work on returns as the season unfolded, and his solid efforts in that capacity helped lead to the eventual cut of fellow wideout/returner Jaydon Mickens. Darden should have more opportunities than the 87 total snaps he logged from scrimmage during his rookie campaign come 2022, particularly if Chris Godwin (knee) and Breshad Perriman (hip) depart via free agency.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Being evaluated for a concussion

    Darden (head) left Sunday's divisional contest against the Rams and is being evaluated for a concussion, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

    Darden suffered the injury after being struck by Ben Skowronek on a punt return. If Darden is unable to return, Tyler Johnson will likely take over kick return duties while Scotty Miller handles punts. His absence shouldn't impact Tampa Bay's offensive plan.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Ruled out with concussion

    Darden (concussion) won't return to Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

    Darden was hurt after taking a hit on a punt return during the fourth quarter, and he'll be unable to return for the final few minutes of the game. If the Buccaneers advance in the playoffs, Darden will have several steps to clear if he hopes to play in the NFC Championship Game.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Totals 29 yards on returns

    Darden ran back one kickoff for 16 yards and returned four punts for 13 yards during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in Sunday's wild-card matchup.

    Darden played almost exclusively on special teams, logging just two snaps from scrimmage. The speedy rookie is likely to remain in the same role for Sunday's divisional-round clash against the Rams unless additional injuries befall the Buccaneers' already short-handed receiving corps.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Full participant Thursday

    Darden (illness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice session.

    Darden was limited at Wednesday's practice after he was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, but he took a step forward Thursday. He should be available for Sunday's matchup against Carolina and could see a slight uptick in playing time since Chris Godwin (knee) is out for the season, and Antonio Brown (ankle) had his contract terminated Thursday.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Cleared from COVID list

    Darden (illness) has been activated off the Buccaneers' reserve/COVID-19 list, Scott Smith of the team's official website reports.

    Darden was placed on the COVID list prior to Week 16 and missed the team's last two games versus the Panthers and Jets as a result. He will now be free to return to practice and resume his usual role as a depth receiver and kick returner in Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Panthers.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Moved to COVID-19 list

    Darden (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Darden isn't expected to test his way out of COVID-19 protocols in time to face the Panthers on Sunday. The Buccaneers are banged up at wide receiver, but the rookie fourth-round pick's impact has been limited primarily to special teams up to this point, anyway. Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller are expected to return kickoffs and punts, respectively, for the duration of Darden's absence.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Plenty of snaps, little production

    Darden failed to bring in any of the three targets he logged over 41 snaps during the Buccaneers' 9-0 loss to the Saints on Sunday night. He returned two kickoffs for 33 yards and seven punts for 41 yards.

    Darden's usage from scrimmage, which was at a career-high level, jumps off the page, even as the only touches he actually garnered came in his special-teams role. With Chris Godwin (knee) now gone for the remainder of the season and Mike Evans (hamstring) still uncertain for Week 16, the rookie could certainly be primed for another busy day of route running versus the Panthers in that contest. Whether that translates to much production remains to be seen, however -- Darden has just six receptions for 43 yards on 11 targets across eight games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-8, 173 lbs
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Age: 23
School: North Texas
Experience: 2