Mickens said Sunday that he has not tested positive for COVID-19, per Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Mickens was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, presumably because he came into close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. The Washington product won't play Sunday, but his absence won't affect much from a fantasy perspective.
The Buccaneers placed Mickens on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It is unclear if Mickens has tested positive for the illness or if he has just had close contact with someone who has. His absence for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers is not expected to make a difference in the team's offensive game plan.
Mickens (not injury related) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
The 26-year-old was absent from Friday's practice for non-injury reasons, putting his status in doubt for Week 10. Even if available, Mickens is unlikely to play much of an offensive role with the rest of the receiving corps currently healthy.
Mickens logged just one snap on offense without a target but returned two kickoffs for 46 yards and one punt for one yard in the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.
Mickens was coming off a 5-36 line on eight targets in a Week 8 win over the Giants, but Antonio Brown's debut Sunday night unsurprisingly pushed the speedster back down into the lowest portion of the wideout depth chart. The four-year pro is likely to continue logging time nearly exclusively on special teams moving forward, unless multiple injuries were to strike the receiver corps.
Mickens brought in five of eight targets for 36 yards and returned three kickoffs for 79 yards in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Mickens surprisingly logged 44 snaps from scrimmage on the way to season bests in receptions, receiving yards and targets. The third-year receiver's boost in opportunity was the byproduct of Chris Godwin's (finger) absence, as well as the fact Antonio Brown (suspension) wasn't yet eligible to suit up. Despite having shared the team lead in receptions with Mike Evans and setting the pace in targets Monday night, Mickens will likely have a difficult time reprising that level of involvement moving forward. Brown is eligible to play beginning Week 9 against the Saints, and Godwin has what's been termed a "50-50 chance" to return for that contest as well.
Mickens did not see any targets on his three scrimmage snaps but returned four kickoffs for 98 yards in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
Mickens has now seen action from scrimmage in five straight games, but four of those counts have been in the single digits and have resulted in just two receptions for 22 yards (Week 5). However, the fourth-year wideout continues to be a steady presence on returns, with Sunday's tally giving Mickens a career-best 164 kick-return yards on the campaign (23.4 yards per return).
Mickens logged only three snaps from scrimmage without a target but returned four punts for 30 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday.
One game after recording his first two catches, Mickens was primarily limited to his usual returner role. The third-year wideout was expected to see his offensive role essentially disappear with the return of Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Justin Watson (chest) to action, which is exactly what came to fruition against the Packers.
Mickens brought in both his targets for 22 yards, returned one kickoff for 25 yards and ran back two punts for 20 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.
The fourth-year wideout/return man saw his first two targets of the season, as he enjoyed a bigger role than usual with Chris Godwin (concussion) and Justin Watson (chest) both sitting out the contest. Mickens also continued to do a solid job in the return game, and he projects to continue to run back both punts and kicks for the foreseeable future with Kenjon Barner (suspension) out for the next four games. Mickens' expanded opportunity on offense isn't expected to be lasting, however, as Godwin and Watson could both be back for a Week 6 home matchup against the Packers on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Mickens was not targeted during his 11 snaps on offense but returned one kickoff for 24 yards and three punts for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Chargers on Sunday.
The third-year wideout saw veteran running back Kenjon Barner vulture one kickoff return opportunity before exiting the game with a concussion, so it remains to be seen if coach Bruce Arians has designs on eventually transitioning Mickens to handling punt returns exclusively. Mickens is doing a good job in that capacity by averaging 6.0 yards on eight returns, ranking him fourth in the league among players with at least that many opportunities. With Barner's status for Thursday night's Week 5 matchup against the Bears firmly up in the air, however, it's possible Mickens handles double duty on special teams in that contest.
Mickens returned one kickoff for 17 yards and ran back three punts for 21 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
The fourth-year wideout was once again limited to return duties, even with Justin Watson (shoulder) missing the Week 4 contest. Mickens has yet to see a target come his way this season, and Sunday's return yardage was his first of the campaign. The 26-year-old figures to remain limited to his current role as long as multiple injuries don't strike the Buccaneers' receiving corps.
Mickens returned one punt for no gain in the Buccaneers' 31-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He did not log any snaps from scrimmage.
Mickens produced the exact same stat line as a returner as he did in Week 1, and he once again went unused on offense, even with Chris Godwin (concussion) sidelined for Sunday's contest. Coach Bruce Arians opted to instead elevate second-year wideout Cyril Grayson to serve as the No. 4 receiver, preserving Mickens for his duties on special teams.
Mickens returned one punt for no gain in the Buccaneers' 34-23 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
The 26-year-old also served as the No. 5 receiver in the Week 1 loss, although his primary function on the active roster was to serve as the punt returner and coverage units. While Mickens ultimately failed to make the stat sheet under any capacity, it's likely he continues to enjoy active status, at least early in the season, while rookie fifth-round pick Tyler Johnson continues to get up to speed on the playbook.
Mickens could have an inside track to the Buccaneers' currently vacant returner jobs, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. "We've got Mickens here," said special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. "I like Mickens because he has some gameday experience. I think again, going into this season, the more vets on the field the better. But, I like what I'm seeing with Mickens right now."
The 26-year-old wideout would undoubtedly have a difficult time cracking the active roster solely as a receiver, but his past experience returning both kickoffs and punts could certainly pave a path for surviving final cuts. Mickens compiled 169 kick-return yards and a touchdown while adding 346 yards on punt runbacks over the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Jaguars, particularly standing out in the latter category with an outstanding average of 8.9 yards per return. Mickens also does have six career receptions -- two which went for touchdowns -- on his resume, with all coming during his 2017 rookie campaign. Based on prior comments from the coaching staff, Mickens' primary competition for return duties could include 2020 draft picks Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Antoine Winfield, with the latter having recorded a return touchdown during his college days at the University of Minnesota.
Mickens has re-signed with the Buccaneers, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Mickens, who Tampa Bay released on July 31, has re-joined the team and will now look to secure a roster spot as a depth wideout/returner. The 26-year-old didn't record a catch in his only regular-season appearance with the Bucs last season, but he did log some experience returning kicks and punts with the Jaguars in 2017 and 2018.
The Buccaneers waived Mickens on Friday, according to the NFL's transaction log.
Mickens saw the field Week 17 last season due to the battered nature of the Tampa Bay receiving corps. That said, his healthy offensive snap share (51 percent) didn't translate to any targets. He's now free to find employment with another team.
Mickens was promoted to the active roster Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Mickens was with the Panthers for training camp but last saw NFL action with the Jaguars in 2018. He replaces Ishmael Hyman on the roster.
The Buccaneers signed Mickens to the practice squad Thursday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Mickens offers upside as a depth receiver and return man. If he's able to impress while on Tampa Bay's practice squad, he could be a candidate to bump to the 53-man roster if a role on special teams opens up.
Mickens was waived by the Panthers on Friday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Mickens joined the Panthers early in training camp and primarily worked as a returner. The 25-year-old returned six kicks for 149 yards and 12 punts for 59 yards in six games for the Jaguars last season before breaking his ankle in October.
Mickens signed an undisclosed contract with the Panthers on Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
The 24-year-old wasn't tendered by Jacksonville, after he returned 12 punts for 59 yards in six games last season, before landing on IR due to a broken ankle. Mickens will face an uphill battle to secure a roster spot in training camp but could help his chances by flashing special teams prowess in preseason.
Mickens is not expected to be tendered a contract by the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Mickens is an exclusive-rights free agent but will become an unrestricted free agent March 13 if the team doesn't extend an offer. The 24-year-old returned 12 punts for 59 yards in six games with the Jaguars last season before landing on IR due to a broken ankle. He performed better during his rookie year, in which he returned 27 punts for 287 yards and one touchdown across 16 games.
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