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The Tampa Bay Bucs have signed rookie wide receiver Jaelon Darden. Terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed. The North Texas product was drafted in the fourth round by the team and is expected to be the front-runner for the return specialist job, in addition to a role as a receiver.

“He’s super quick and fast,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s a little thicker than I thought he was going to be when I watched him. He catches punts very easily and catches the football extremely easily. He can be very explosive.”

Half of Tampa Bay’s 2021 draft class is now under contract. The Bucs have signed Darden, inside linebackers K.J. Britt and Grant Stuard and cornerback Chris Wilcox. The three remaining unsigned draft picks are outside linebacker Joe Tryon, quarterback Kyle Trask and lineman Robert Hainsey.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Bradenton BucFan
4 months ago

Welcome to Tampa sir. Hope you are the steal of the draft,Good luck.

seat26
4 months ago

Can’t wait to watch the excitement. It will be great to have two blistering fast receivers on the same team. That room is so stocked. Preseason is going to be a gas!

76Buc
Reply to  seat26
4 months ago

Actually, 3 if you include AB with Scotty Miller and Darden.

Eddie
Reply to  76Buc
4 months ago

Scotty Miller had the faster 40s time in Pro days and or combine with 4.36. Both Darden and AB ran in 4.47 and 4.46. I think Wilcox, this year’s 7th round pick CB ran a 4.31.

fredster
Reply to  Eddie
4 months ago

Scotty Miller and Tyreek Hill may be two fastest WR’s currently in the NFL.

Last edited 4 months ago by fredster
toofamiliar17
Reply to  fredster
4 months ago

Scotty definitely is not. Quite a few faster times than him, and guys who play faster, too. John Ross ran an absurd 4.22. Marquise Goodwin and Henry Ruggs both ran 4.27. Scotty is really fast (ask Desmond King, lol), but there are for sure some faster WRs than him in the league. Still thrilled to have him! One heck of a 6th round pick.

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