The Jaguars keep on winning and the accolades keep on rolling in to Jacksonville. Return man, Jaydon Mickens has been named the special teams player of the week in the AFC.
Mickens joins offseason acquisitions Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye, along with Telvin Smith to be named an AFC player of the week. It’s a sign of the respect the Jaguars are getting around the NFL.
Mickens earned the honor thanks to his big-time punt return of 72 yards in the Jags 30-24 victory over the Seahawks. His return put the Jags at the one-yard line setting up a Leonard Fournette touchdown run on the ensuing play.
Mickens became the first returner in Jaguars history to be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week multiple times. He also received the honor when he returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown (photo above) in the Jaguars’ 23-7 victory over Cincinnati on November 5.
Mickens became the first Jaguars player to be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice in a season since 2005. Kicker Josh Scobee received the honor twice that year.
Mickens 13.1-yard average on 18 returns is tied for the AFC lead.
A first-year man out of Washington isn’t the Washington wideout that NFL fans thought would be receiving these honors that would be first round pick, John Ross. Instead, little known Jaydon Mickens continues to make an impact at a high level for a Jags team that is sniffing a playoff berth.
If the Defense and Special teams keep playing at this level, the Jags could be a dangerous team come playoff time.
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