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Browns' Jaelon Darden: Claimed off waivers by Cleveland
Cleveland claimed Darden off waivers from Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Darden was waived by Tampa Bay following Monday's win over the Saints, but he quickly found a new home in Cleveland. The second-year wideout appeared in the Buccaneers' first 12 games this year and caught both of his targets for 26 yards across just 53 offensive snaps, though he did make some solid contributions as a return man.... See More ... See Less
Jaelon Darden: Loses roster spot
Darden was waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Darden has played in all 12 games for the Bucs this season, mainly handling return duties while seeing limited snaps on offense. It's currently unclear if he'll be brought back to the team's practice squad if he is able to clear waivers. Rachaad White and Scotty Miller will be candidates to replace Darden as return men.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Pair of punt returns in loss
Darden did not log any snaps on offense but returned two punts for 24 yards during the Buccaneers' 23-17 overtime loss to the Browns in Week 12.
Darden rattled off another long return in a season full of them, recording a 17-yard runback. The speedster continues to be a complete non-factor on offense, but he's now averaging 10.7 yards per return and leads the NFL with 310 punt-return yards overall.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Gets a shot as kickoff returner
Darden returned two kickoffs for 42 yards in the Buccaneers' 21-16 win over the Seahawks in Week 10.
The Buccaneers didn't have any punt-return opportunities, but Darden still got his hands on the ball via the first two kickoff returns of the season. Darden failed to log a single snap on offense for the third straight game, however, so despite his speed, he doesn't have any fantasy viability at the moment outside of leagues that count return yards.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Busy day as returner
Darden did not log any snaps on offense but returned eight punts for 82 yards in the Buccaneers' 16-13 win over the Rams on Sunday.
It was an extremely busy day on special teams for Darden, who recorded a career high in return yardage on an afternoon when the Rams were about as inept at sustaining drives as the Buccaneers. Darden continues to be among the league's most efficient return men, now averaging 10.6 yards on his 27 punt runbacks overall.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Continues shining on returns
Darden returned two punts for 33 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-22 loss to the Ravens on Thursday night.
Darden once again was a non-factor on offense but continued to shine in his punt returner role. The second-year speedster ripped off runbacks of 18 and 15 yards, pushing his average in that category to a stellar 10.7 yards per return.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: One catch in addition to returns
Darden brought in his only target for one yard and returned four punts for 46 yards in the Buccaneers' 21-3 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Darden recorded only his second catch of the season while logging four snaps on offense, and he turned in his usual stellar work on punt returns. The speedster's primary contributions should continue to come through special teams unless multiple injuries strike the Buccaneers' receiving corps.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Logs three punt returns in Week 6
Darden returned three punts for 14 yards during the Buccaneers' 20-18 loss to the Steelers in Week 6.
The second-year wideout failed to see a snap on offense for the first time all season, but he continued to deliver solid production on his punt-return opportunities. Darden's average of 9.6 yards on punt runbacks ties him for 10th overall in the league and qualifies as the fourth highest of players that have logged double-digit returns, while his 125 yards are good for sixth most.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Back in full Thursday
Darden (tooth) practiced fully Thursday.
Darden missed Wednesday's practice due to a tooth issue, but his return as a full participant in Thursday's session suggests he'll likely be available for Sunday's game against the Steelers. The second-year receiver has just one catch for 25 yards through the Buccaneers first five contests, and he'll likely see very limited snaps on offense once again this weekend in Pittsburgh.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Sits out Wednesday
Darden did not participate during the Buccaneers' practice Wednesday due to a tooth issue.
It's unclear how or when Darden sustained this injury after playing just 15 total snaps during Tampa Bay's Week 5 win over Atlanta. Either way, this issue now leaves his availability for Sunday's game against the Steelers up in the air. Darden has caught just one pass over the first five weeks of the season, though his potential absence should vault Scotty Miller into a role as Tampa Bay's primary punt returner.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Limited to pair of punt returns
Darden didn't log a target over his 11 snaps from scrimmage and returned two punts for 40 yards in the Buccaneers' 21-15 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Darden's second-highest snap count from scrimmage of the season didn't net him any production, but he was impressive yet again in his primary role as punt returner. Darden has now netted 111 yards on nine punt runbacks, and his elite speed and elusiveness should eventually help him garner some targets on offense.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: No stats in Week 4 loss
Darden logged six snaps on offense and one on special teams during the Buccaneers' 41-31 loss to the Chiefs in Week 4, but he did not draw a target or return a punt.
It was an extremely quiet night for Darden despite the fact Julio Jones exited the game after one second-half snap due to a knee issue and Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) was inactive. Darden's one usually dependable path to touches, punt returns, also failed to materialize, as the prolific Chiefs offense punted only once, which resulted in a fair catch by Darden. The 2021 fourth-round pick has just one reception this season, but the combination of Cole Beasley's retirement and the lingering injuries to both Jones and Perriman could serve to open up opportunity on offense in coming games.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jaelon Darden: Flashes with one catch
Darden secured his only target for 25 yards and returned three punts for 26 yards in the Buccaneers' 14-12 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Darden logged a season-high 18 snaps from scrimmage with the Buccaneers down three receivers, and he flashed his speed on his one reception by getting upfield down the right sideline for a 25-yard gain. He also continued to put in his usual strong work on special teams, now averaging an impressive 8.9 yards per punt return on his eight runbacks. Despite the splash play on offense, Darden could be back to minimal involvement from scrimmage in Week 4 if Mike Evans (suspension) and Julio Jones (knee) return as expected.... See More ... See Less
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