“Epic” Training Camp Moment For Jaelon Darden

August 9th, 2021

Of course, if a rookie is in training camp with the Super Bowl champions, that’s a dream come true. Or, as some would say, “Epic.”

Well, that’s exactly what Bucs rookie wide receiver Jaelon Darden said on Saturday.

Darden, the Bucs’ fourth-round pick, has been getting a lot of snaps and a good chunk with the first-team offense. And on Friday, sort of a dream of Darden’s came true when he caught a pass in the end zone for a touchdown from park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, helmet-tossing, football-punting, Bucs-Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady.

Darden confessed it was a surreal moment.

“That was kind of epic for me,” Darden said. “I love TB. I have been watching him since I was younger so it’s crazy to be on the same field as him and catching the football from him in the end zone.”

Even wilder for Darden is that that he possibly received the stamp of approval from Brady before the draft. Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians put Brady to work scouting receivers that had already caught the eye of Arians and Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht.

“Definitely means a lot,” Darden said when asked for his reaction to Brady studying his college tape at North Texas. “He sees the work I am putting in on and off the field. And he sees the type of player I am and that I love the game.”

Brady has already shown he will throw the ball to Darden in practice. (Joe has a hunch Brady doesn’t really give a hoot who you are so long as a receiver wears the same color jersey and gets open.)

Even Stevie Wonder can see the absolute respect the young Bucs have for Mr. Seven Rings. Brady has these guys eating out of his hand, and for good reason.

The young players, maybe just as much as the veteran Bucs, want to win badly.

16 Responses to ““Epic” Training Camp Moment For Jaelon Darden”

  1. Tkras red Bozo lips Says:

    Remember when you bucs fans were pumped up about drafting WR Robert Herron? Until then, I’ve got a hairy eyeball on this kid

  2. SB~LV Says:

    All he has to do is what he is asked!
    He has a wonderful opportunity!
    I think he has the moxie to show The World !

  3. Jason Says:

    Remember when you bucs fans

    This is why I respect commenters like Medicated Pete, because no matter what crazy ish he’s saying you can tell he’s an actual Bucs fan. Tkras red bozo lips is obviously not. Lol.

  4. SB~LV Says:

    Let Baboon lip keep showing his ass… a pathetic human being.

  5. Usedtocould Says:

    Bozo, it would appear you need to be coached up like vh3. Do better.

  6. geno711 Says:

    Bozo, remember just a few years ago when us Bucs fans were pumped up for drafting Chris Godwin. How did that work out for us?

  7. Clifton Drew Says:

    I’ve been pretty quiet since I retired and moved back to Tampa from California. I am absolutely stoked with the direction the Bucs are headed. Dynasty comes to mind. The really cool thing was when I was invited to sit in for the Next Gen stats at the 2019 Saints-Bucs game in the VIP section. The rule is you can show no emotion when your team scores. Well the Bucs scored, the arms went up in the air and quickly went to a yawn stretch. Behind me a couple of the broadcasters commented in a laughing tone nice try in attempting to cover up the overwhelming excitement. I’m elated to be back home and looking forward to a great season of Buc Ball.

  8. Bird Says:


    Hey ndog. I knew you were never a real buc fan. Just fan of one player

  9. Armybucfan Says:

    Hopefully NDOG leaves us to be with his hubby Jay-Miss in NO So when we play them and pick him off between 4-6 times all of us rea BUCS fans can rub it in his face.

  10. Beeej Says:

    I haven’t heard Justin Watson’s name at AL this camp….is his demise already decided?

  11. ir8oldman Says:

    Maybe Medicated Pete became overly meditated, and turned into bozo lips? No no no. He was already a clown. Or Maxcon in drag.

  12. Joe Says:

    I haven’t heard Justin Watson’s name at AL this camp….is his demise already decided?

    Pretty much. He had surgery this summer. Could be out until November. Barring an injury or injuries to special teams players or receivers, thinking we have seen last of Justin Watson.

  13. Youngbucs Says:

    No wr on our team has the open field moves he has dangerous!

  14. An Erection for Sacks Says:

    “Even Stevie Wonder can see the absolute respect the young Bucs have for Mr. Seven Rings.”

    Speaking of my hometown hero: What do Stevie Wonder, Serena Williams and An Erection for Sacks have in common? We were all born in the same hospital!

  15. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Any receiver that gets open and catches the ball from TB12 will feed. Darden is going to be a huge red zone target

  16. unbelievable Says:

    @Jason I’m pretty that’s the same person lol.

    And if not- that’s my bad, no disrespect to medicated Pete.