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Bucs return specialist Jaydon Mickens arrested in Los Angeles

The third-year speedster was the team’s primary kick-return specialist in 2020.
Third-year receiver Jaydon Mickens averaged nearly 25 yards per kick return for the Bucs in 2020.
Third-year receiver Jaydon Mickens averaged nearly 25 yards per kick return for the Bucs in 2020. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Mar. 11
Updated Mar. 11

The Bucs are continuing to monitor the recent arrest of receiver/kick returner Jaydon Mickens on a felony weapons-related charge in his hometown of Los Angeles.

Mickens, 26, was arrested last Friday in the southern part of the city at 6 p.m. PST when police found a concealed firearm in his car during a traffic stop, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. He was released from police custody after posting bail for $35,000.

His next court date is slated for July 8 in Los Angeles. PewterReport.com first reported Mickens’ arrest.

“We are aware of the issue regarding Jaydon that occurred in Los Angeles last week,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement released by the team.

“He reached out to let us know about the situation soon after it happened and we have been in contact with the league office to ensure they were aware. We will continue to monitor the situation but will have no further comment at this time.”

Mickens, 26, appeared in 10 games during a turbulent 2020 regular season. He spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list and was waived in early December, but was signed to the practice squad days later.

He was activated for the regular-season finale against the Falcons, and appeared in all four playoff contests, including Super Bowl 55. When active, he was the team’s primary kick returner, averaging 24.3 yards on 14 attempts in the regular season.

As a receiver, he was pivotal in a Monday night win against the Giants, catching five passes for 36 yards on eight targets when Chris Godwin was sidelined.

He’s under contract for 2021, at a base salary of $920,000.