Jaydon Mickens, Unsung Hero

January 24th, 2021

Seasoned Bucs fans know the phrase “have a return game” applies to other football teams.

That’s just not the Bucs’ forté, but today was a new day for Tampa Bay.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Jaydon Mickens was a true unsung star in the historic slapdown of the Packers today at Lambeau Field in the NFC Championship game.

With the Bucs having their lead sliced to 28-23, the fourth quarter was seconds away and the Packers kicked off. And there went Jaydon Mickens, who was released earlier this season. He scampered for 43 yards to the Bucs’ 45 yard line.

The Bucs didn’t score on that drive, but it was a massive play for field position that proved critical as the Bucs closed out the game.

Tampa Bay’s opening, set-the-tone scoring drive, started with a 29-yard Mickens return to the Bucs’ 34 yard line.

Don’t discount those hidden yards that coaches crave and that often make a difference in the big playoff games.

That was the case today.

50 Responses to “Jaydon Mickens, Unsung Hero”

  1. You go joe Says:

    I honestly thought we would get a penalty when he flexed the packers players and sideline

  2. Jack Burton Mercer Says:


  3. Colorado Says:


  4. Buc Believer Says:

    Does anyone know what time the Bucs arrive back in Tampa?

  5. Snook Says:

    Absolutely Joe. Absolutely.

  6. Chris Boyd Says:

    joe, please show tyler johnson some love! that was a vet move the way he flopped to draw that PI

  7. BradyBucs Says:

    “Brady is a cheater” poster is the unsung hero. Ever since he started posted in the game threads the Bucs have dominated! Haha.


  8. Zwak Says:

    When the plane touches down, Sorry…

  9. REDZONE BA Says:

    Succop has erased our fears for FB and XP’s. Another unsung hero.

  10. REDZONE BA Says:

    correction – meant FG’s, not FB

  11. Buc4evr Says:

    Any word on Edwards injury? And outlook on Winfield for SB?

  12. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I hope we can replace him in the offseason. I hold my breath every special teams play. And he’s got an embarrassing mouth. I get trash talking but not when you’re a little twerp who would get his butt kicked by 99% of the league.

    And as someone else posted he comes very close to incredibly stooopid penalities.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I do question that slide leaving 2 seconds before the 2 minute warning……

  14. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I really don’t think he is anything special, still say Scotty should be return guy. He would had 15 more.yard and not ran out of bounds. Plus he would keep his mouth shut.

  15. Leighroy Says:

    As great as Mickens played today, his slide on the kickoff return in 4th quarter was a definite wtf moment

  16. 123urout Says:

    From the way the AFC game is going, its going to be BUCS vs CHIEFS….. the Bills are another pretender.

  17. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Buc3ever you mean Whitehead? Edwards was fine

  18. Bucfanforever Says:

    The slide was obviously ordered by the coaches to protect from a fumble.

  19. OBF Says:

    Joes on Fire tonight!

  20. Tbbucs3 Says:

    So how does one stop Mahomes?

  21. Seńor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Agree TBBF

  22. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    I’m fine with KC, played them once before and held them to 6 points for 3 quarters. The Ofer de was a different animal in that game, otherwise we win that game! Bring home the Lombardi with revenge on the Chiefs…sounds good to me!!!

  23. Mike C Says:

    A Concussion? TOO SOON?

  24. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Tbbucs our D figured it out in quarters 2-4 last time…they can do it again!!

  25. Seńor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Great team effort. For every dropped pass there was a spectacular catch. Great blocking by the Oline. Fantastic pressure and coverage by the D. On our way to the Superbowl Baby!!!!!!!

  26. Tbbucs3 Says:


    We also played them once before and let Tyreek Hill go for 200 in one half. I’m not scared of KC but would much rather play the Bills.

  27. Coburn Says:

    People making way too much about the slide. Yeah would have been nice maybe to go lateral a bit to run the clock but sliding was smart. I’ll take the extra click stop over having guys trying to punch out the ball. Could you imagine seeing him right for yards and coughs itnuo?

  28. Buc4evr Says:

    Naplesbucsfan, yeah whitehead sorry. Did he injure his shoulder or break a collar bone?

  29. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Tbbucs, then we held them to 6 the rest of the game…people seem to forget that. Lost by a FG and our offense is totally different now…I like our chances against a team we played before and are familiar with. Either way, it don’t matter…the only team that can beat us is the Bucs and today that wasn’t even possible!!!
    Go Bucs!!

  30. Buc4evr Says:

    Succop really won the game with his FG. Changed GB’s game plan and they choked. Then the crazy penalties at the end of the game killed them.

  31. Colonel Angus Says:

    If it’s the Bills in SuperBowl, at least Brady knows that defense inside and out.

  32. Tbbucs3 Says:


    The score in the KC game didn’t reflect how much of a beatdown it was. KC took their foot off the game in the 2d half (Which they are known to do), Lost by 3 but it felt like a blowout.

    Let’s go Bills!

  33. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Kicking a FG on the 8 yard line will stink the Packers for years like the Falcons SB collapse.

  34. Doyouevenwatch Says:

    That was his only decent return the entire season. He isn’t a good kick returner

  35. Seemore Bucs Says:

    The Chiefs (or Bills for that matter) don’t want any part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now. The worst thing for the AFC Champ is that Brady had a bad game and we still won. That ain’t happening twice with two weeks to prepare. The Bucs will win Super Bowl 55. Doesn’t matter who they play.

  36. Seemore Bucs Says:

    You are so right, Dewey. The Packers fans are completely losing it and calling for LaFleur’s head. I LOVE IT!!!

  37. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Sorry tbbucs good teams don’t let up in the 2nd half…our D adjusted and our O couldn’t make enough plays to pull it out when our D did its job. The O is firing on all cylinders even with mistakes! Brady doesn’t F it up again like today, so we roll in SB, no matter the opponent!

  38. Cgmaster27 Says:

    Kid was great tonight outside of his boneheaded pkay to go down bwfore the 2 minute warning. Is clear he was told to go down, but just meed to be conscience enough to get 2 more seconds there.

  39. Bangkok Buc Says:

    NDOG…. where are ya Dooosh?

  40. Listnfrmafar Says:

    SeemoreBucs, Brady had a bad game ???? He was playing with 2 downs all game, other than Fournett’s TD and the play action in the 4th he basically started 2nd long. He also had a flawless first half with many dropped balls. The 3 hints agreed not good but Evan’s jumped to early on that pic, go back and watch replay. Others not too good. He regrouped and made key passes down the stretch. What game were you watching?

  41. David Says:

    He did have a couple nice returns in the kick off game but man I do not like him returning punts. He dances and goes sideways constantly.
    If Brown is healthy, I would love to see him return punts in the Super Bowl

  42. Anonymous Says:

    Played a hell of a game

  43. David Says:


    There is no way he can look up to see that he needs another second and a half while returning a kick off. He was told to return it and then slide down so there’s no chance of a fumble.
    That was good coaching, and he didn’t do anything wrong.
    It was simply unlucky an extra second and a half didn’t come off

  44. Leighroy Says:

    Fair point, but why not just take the fair catch on the kickoff and ball at 25 then? Someone was at least planning to tick seconds off the clock to get to the 2min warning. Either do it or don’t I guess is the argument.

  45. ItzOK Says:

    I wanted to kill him when he slid down before the 2 minute warning. He should have run out the 2 seconds there. Other than that he was solid.

  46. 813bucboi Says:

    Tyler HUGE PLAY Johnson…LOL…

    Scotty BIG PLAY Miller….


  47. Alaskabuc Says:

    Micken’s was huge today. Easily the best return game of the year.

  48. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    The slide was ordered so the Bucs could have one more play before the 2 min warning even the announcers said something about that

  49. Devinwhiteshorse Says:

    Give the guy a break. I believe he was told to slide. Would rather that then a fumble. YIKES!!

  50. FanO’Bucs Says:

    Mickens coming out, too! He had a nice block at end to decide Godwin’s end around game ending run.