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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
2-1-0 9-3-0
2-0-0 5-7-0
1-3-0 5-7-0
1-2-0 5-7-0

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

Top Jaelon Darden News

  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Full practice Thursday

    Darden (concussion) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    The 22-year-old picked up the head injury in Week 12 versus the Colts but appears like he will have a shot at being available for Sunday's matchup with the Falcons. He wore a non-contact jersey Thursday, so if he's able to take contact Friday, it would be an encouraging sign. Darden has operated mostly as a return specialist this season, racking up 212 kick-return yards and 87 yards on punts.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Won't play Sunday

    Darden (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Falcons, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

    Despite registering a full practice Thursday, Darden wasn't able to practice with contact at all this week and has been officially ruled out for Week 13. The 5-foot-8 wideout has mostly operated as a return specialist this season, so in his absence, Tyler Johnson and Giovani Bernard are the most likely candidates to handle those duties against the Falcons.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Concussion confirmed

    Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Darden has entered concussion protocol, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Darden racked up 66 kick-return yards before being knocked out of Sunday's 38-31 win over the Colts. If he is unable to clear concussion protocols before Week 13 at Atlanta, then Giovani Bernard is expected to handle kick-return duties, while Scotty Miller would likely handle punt returns.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Evaluated for possible concussion

    Darden is being evaluated for a possible concussion and is questionable to return Sunday against the Colts, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Darden has left his mark as a return specialist, racking up 66 yards on three kick returns and just three yards following two punt returns.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Downturn in production

    Darden brought in in his only target for three yards, returned a kickoff for 13 yards and ran back a punt for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night.

    Darden garnered active status once again with Antonio Brown (ankle) and Scotty Miller (toe) still sidelined, logging a total of 15 snaps between offense and special teams. The rookie has been serviceable on returns thus far with 230 total yards in that capacity; consequently, he could continue finding himself on the active roster even when Brown and Miller are available, the latter notably having been activated from injured reserve Tuesday.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Garners 94 all-purpose yards

    Darden secured one of two targets for 29 yards in the Buccaneers' 29-19 loss to Washington on Sunday. He also returned two kickoffs for 51 yards and ran back two punts for 14 yards.

    Darden logged just four snaps from scrimmage but made good use of them with his 29-yard grab, and he continued to put in solid work on returns as well. The rookie has gotten an opportunity on offense over the last three games with Antonio Brown (ankle) out of action, and that could carry over into a Week 11 Monday night battle against the Giants.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Relatively busy day in loss

    Darden secured all three targets for 11 yards, returned three punts for 14 yards and ran back one kickoff for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 36-27 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

    The rookie had a role on offense for the second straight game with Antonio Brown (ankle) once again inactive, and after failing to bring in his only target Week 7, Darden was able to crack the stat sheet in that regard Sunday. The speedster also continued in his usual role as the full-time returner, and despite the relatively encouraging involvement from scrimmage Sunday, his special-teams work figures to be his primary calling card once Brown is back to health, likely for a Week 10 date at Washington following the Week 9 bye.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Fills both returner roles

    Darden failed to bring in his only target, rushed once for 11 yards, returned one punt for 43 yards and ran back one kickoff for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-3 win over the Bears on Sunday.

    With Antonio Brown (ankle) and Scotty Miller (toe) unavailable and Jaydon Mickens no longer on the roster, the rookie got a solid amount of opportunity on both offense and special teams against Chicago. Darden was in on 13 plays from scrimmage in addition to his six special-teams snaps, and with Brown and Miller still expected out in Week 8 against the Saints, it appears Darden is set to garner active status for the second consecutive game.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Active for second time as pro

    Darden is active for Sunday's game against the Bears and is in line to serve as the top kickoff and punt returner in addition to filling the No. 4 receiver role.

    Darden will garner active status for only the second time in his rookie season, and with Jaydon Mickens no longer on the roster, he'll be counted on to fill both returner roles. Additionally, Antonio Brown's (ankle) inactive status also projects to vault Darden into the No. 4 wideout spot behind the trio of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Tyler Johnson.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Healthy scratch Thursday

    Darden (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Eagles.

    Darden was selected by the Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but he'll be held out for the fifth time in the first six weeks of the season. The 22-year-old played mainly on special teams in his lone appearance this year.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Sitting again Sunday

    Darden (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Dolphins.

    Darden continues to wait his turn for a regular role in the Buccaneers' game plan, sitting out for the fourth time in five games to kick off his career. The rookie fourth-rounder has hauled in his only career target for no yards, returned two kickoffs for 48 yards and notched one punt return for four yards.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Healthy scratch Sunday

    Darden (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday at New England.

    With return man Jaydon Mickens (abdomen) sidelined Week 3, Darden was a part of the game-day roster against the Rams, seeing three snaps on offense and 10 on special teams. But with Mickens back in the fold Sunday, Darden will be a healthy scratch for the third time this season.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Makes first career catch

    Darden hauled in his only target for no gain, returned two kickoffs for 48 yards and ran back one punt for four yards in the Buccaneers' 34-24 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

    Darden was active for the first time in his NFL career with Jaydon Mickens (abdomen) sidelined, and as expected, the majority of his touches came while filling the latter's returner roles. Darden logged only three snaps from scrimmage overall, but if he's active again Week 4 against the Patriots, he may have a chance for at least a slight bump in opportunity with Scotty Miller (toe) projected to be unavailable.

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  • Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Active for first time as pro

    Darden is active for the first time in his career Sunday against the Rams with Jaydon Mickens (abdomen) inactive, and the rookie could see some snaps on offense in addition to his work as a returner, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

    The speedy rookie flashed at times during preseason and now will have a chance to show what he's capable of for the first time in regular-season action. Darden is likely to handle both kickoff and punt returns against Los Angeles, but with Antonio Brown (reserve/COVID-19) unavailable, the fourth-round pick could rotate in on offense as a No. 4 WR option for Tom Brady.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-8, 173 lbs
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Age: 22
School: North Texas