The Jacksonville Jaguars clinched their first playoff berth in a decade on Sunday with a 45-7 spanking of the Houston Texans and there was a pair of wide receivers helping lead the way.
While we know this team is one where a bruising defense is perhaps making the biggest waves on the field in “Sacksonville,” but there is a collecting key on these two rookie WRs.
One, Keelan Cole, doesn’t even have cardboard — so there should be interest when he does (Panini Instant?) — and the other, Jaydon Mickens, has very little that’s been largely overlooked meaning there could be some serious movement going forward if Sunday’s game is a potential indicator of more to come.
Cole led the team with seven catches for 186 yards and a touchdown on Sunday and it was the third straight week for him with a touchdown. For the season he has 32 catches for 607 yards and the three TDs — not bad for an undrafted rookie free agent out of Kentucky Wesleyan.
Mickens — the rookie you can find on cardboard but not from this year — caught just four balls but had 61 yards and two TDs when the clock wound down. Coming into the game he had just a single 11-yard catch — back on Nov. 12. According to Pro Football Talk, he lived in his car for two weeks when first arriving in Jacksonville to save money — that’s how much of an unknown he was entering the season. His only football cards can be found in 2016 releases from Panini America after he was an undrafted free agent signee of the Oakland Raiders last year and was on the practice squad. He was cut in September and signed by the Jags 12 days later.
Mickens has roughly 50 cards from last season and nearly 40 of them are autographs. They can be found in Panini Contenders Draft Picks, Panini Prizm Draft Picks, Elite, Rookies & Stars and National Treasures Collegiate.
He’s not pricey on the whole right now for those cards that can be found on eBay — most are under $5 — though a Cracked Ice Contenders card (/23) has fetched as much as $49.99. With added successes and a playoff run, these dirt-cheap cards could have big potential. A look at the Jags stat sheet shows a wide-open team — plenty of guys getting catches and racking up yardage — where anything could be possible.
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