Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles thinks it looks terrifying. Fullback Tommy Bohanon says you have to be a little bit crazy to enjoy doing it. Even coach Doug Marrone believes a certain type of courage is required to have any success. While mostly everyone inside the Jaguars’ locker room shudders at the idea of returning punts, Jaydon Mickens has used the opportunity to go from living out of his car to making an impact in a thrilling playoff race. His next chance comes Sunday when the Jaguars host Houston at EverBank Field. “It’s getting better and better, but I love the wins. I love the 9-4 record,” Mickens said. “That’s what really excites me. It’s a great accomplishment.” An accomplishment Mickens only could have dreamed about being a part of earlier this season, when he chose to sleep in his car rather than pay for a permanent place to live. That’s because, he said, there was nothing permanent about his situation. “If you’re on a month or year lease, you can’t break it,” Mickens said. “I didn’t know how long I was going to be here. You can be here for two weeks and then gone tomorrow.” Mickens knows the wayward life of a practice squad player better than most.
Jaydon Mickens went from living in his car to starring on punt returns for the Jaguars
Jacksonville Times-Union | Dec 16