Jaelon Darden

22-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Out
Injury Concussion
Est. Return 12/12/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A speedster from North Texas, Darden appears headed for a potentially prominent role on returns during his rookie season. The 2021 fourth-round pick improved in each of his college campaigns, eclipsing 70 receptions in both of his last two seasons and capping off his senior year with 1,190 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. Darden likely has too many hurdles to earn significant playing time this season, but his prior experience on both punt and kick returns should net him opportunities as he makes the leap from Conference USA to the NFL. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $4.18 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2021.
Won't play Sunday
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Concussion
December 3, 2021
Darden (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Falcons, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Despite registering a full practice Thursday, Darden wasn't able to practice with contact at all this week and has been officially ruled out for Week 13. The 5-foot-8 wideout has mostly operated as a return specialist this season, so in his absence, Tyler Johnson and Giovani Bernard are the most likely candidates to handle those duties against the Falcons.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Jaelon Darden's 2021 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
6.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.00
 
% Team Air Yards
1.0%
 
% Team Targets
1.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
4.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.8
 
% Targeted On Route
1.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.07
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
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#% of Team Snaps

65249%
16670%
63148%
17172%
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13356%
18314%
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544%
31%
363%
125%
212%
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202%
208%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Falcons pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
85.5
 
Cornerbacks
82.2
 
Safeties
76.1
 
Linebackers
100.3
 
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2021 Jaelon Darden Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jaelon Darden's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
5' 8"
 
Weight
173 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.44 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.10 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.67 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
122 in
 
Bench Press
11 reps
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
30.63 in
 
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More Fantasy News
Full practice Thursday
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Concussion
December 2, 2021
Darden (concussion) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
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Concussion confirmed
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Concussion
November 29, 2021
Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Darden has entered concussion protocol, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
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Evaluated for possible concussion
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Concussion
November 28, 2021
Darden is being evaluated for a possible concussion and is questionable to return Sunday against the Colts, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
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Downturn in production
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
November 23, 2021
Darden brought in in his only target for three yards, returned a kickoff for 13 yards and ran back a punt for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night.
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Garners 94 all-purpose yards
WRTampa Bay Buccaneers
November 15, 2021
Darden secured one of two targets for 29 yards in the Buccaneers' 29-19 loss to Washington on Sunday. He also returned two kickoffs for 51 yards and ran back two punts for 14 yards.
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