According to his agent David Canter of GEE Worldwide, Jaydon Mickens has been promoted and signed to the Bucs 53-man roster.

Mickens signed to the team’s practice squad after not making the initial 53-man roster out of camp. He was elevated from the practice squad before the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys to return kicks. Mickens ended the night with 92 kickoff return yards, including a 41-yard return that gave the Bucs crucial field position. He finished with 21 total punt return yards and a long of 14, though he had a 24-yard return called back on a holding penalty

“Our special teams won the ballgame, there’s no doubt,” Arians said. “Between Bradley [Pinion] pinning them inside the 10 three times and Mick (Jaydon Mickens) covering. Mick had a hell of a night [in the] return game. It’s a shame we had a penalty on the punt return.”

In a corresponding move, Greg Auman of The Athletic is reporting that safety Chris Cooper will be released.

Cooper was the 90th player to join the Bucs in training camp. His special teams play throughout the preseason earned him a spot on the initial 53-man roster. Inactive for the season opener, Cooper is expected to re-join the team on the practice squad if he clears waivers.

UPDATE: The Bucs have now announced the waiving of S Chris Cooper. 

Share On Socials

About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 month ago

I’ll be first to admit I was very concerned about special teams overall with the way played last year and this pre season. I am so glad Arians didn’t try to start Darden. Mickens may not be great but he’s reliable. I still worry about their coverage if they don’t pin teams back but will see.

1 month ago

So Mickens is the best gunner, in addition to punt and kick returner? Didn’t see that coming.

Captain Sly
1 month ago

Good for Mickens! It’s called making the most of your opportunities. It was by far his best game as a Buc and hopefully he continues to play with this level of energy. Give Licht & BA some credit for creating competition at every position.

Reply to  Captain Sly
1 month ago

I give them credit for not handing the job to Darden who they moved up in the 4th round to draft. Mickens did nothing to lose his job, and Darden hasn’t come close to taking his job. The best player is playing regardless of draft status, Licht, and BA do deserve credit.