With return specialist Kenjon Barner being placed on the injured reserve earlier in the week, the Bucs have signed receiver Jaydon Mickens to the active roster. Mickens handled punt and kick return duties earlier in the season for Tampa Bay, returning 15 punts and 12 kickoffs in 2020, but hasn’t been active for a game since finding himself on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list after the Bucs’ Week 9 loss to New Orleans.

Head coach Bruce Arians talked about the Bucs’ options for the return game on Monday, providing a number of players who could handle return duties on Sunday should Mickens not be active for Tampa Bay’s Week 17 match-up against the Atlanta Falcons.

“It’s still a game-time decision on who’s going to be active,” Arians said. “But Scotty Miller can return punts, Antonio [Brown] can return punts, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Tyler Johnson can return kicks so we’re in good shape as far as that goes. If Jaydon [Mickens] is up, he’ll do it.”

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Randy H.
5 months ago

Has any kickoff returned out of the end zone this year been returned past the 25? I haven’t watched all of them, but I have yet to see one where it wouldn’t have been better just to take a touchback.

5 months ago

Since we keep using roster spots for Return Specialists, why didn’t we just keep our 7th Rd RB/RS Raymond Calais on the Active Roster instead of putting him on the Practice Squad to get snatched up by the Rams?

Reply to  Buc-Up
5 months ago

A very valid question.

5 months ago

I don’t recall seeing an explosive return all year. Maybe we’re better off giving someone else a shot