In a rare moment, the New York Jets’ decision to draft Baylor wideout Denzel Mims generated consensus praise in April.
The Jets have struggled to develop home-grown receiving talent for over a decade. Mims looked to be the man who could break that drought.
With Mims finally healthy and coming off a strong rookie debut, it is time for the New York Jets to unleash their young weapon.
The New York Jets used a second-round pick on Denzel Mims
Denzel Mims appeared to be a lock to be taken within the 2020 NFL draft’s first 30 picks.
Imagine the New York Jets’ surprise and fortune when Mims fell to the 59th overall pick. Mims, who stands 6 feet 3 inches, used his frame to snag contested passes frequently.
Mims had 186 catches, 2,925 receiving yards, and 28 touchdowns in four seasons at Baylor. The star wideout recorded 66 catches for 1,020 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns in 13 games last year.
Baylor went 11-3 and finished 13th in the final AP poll.
Unfortunately for Mims, he won’t get to face his former head coach, Matt Rhule, this season. The Jets don’t play the Carolina Panthers — where Rhule is now the head coach — until next season.
Mims made his NFL debut in Week 7
Denzel Mims needed to wait to make his New York Jets debut.
Mims battled hamstring injuries over the season’s first few weeks. The rookie finally appeared in his first NFL game against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in Week 7.
Mims played 79% of the Jets’ offensive snaps and caught four passes for 42 yards. Of Mims’ seven targets, only one came in the second half of an 18-10 loss to the Bills.
New York fell to 0-7 with the loss. The Jets have not finished a season with a winning record since 2015 and have not made the postseason since 2010.
The Jets are ready to unleash Denzel Mims
Injuries have ravaged the New York Jets’ receiving corps, which spells good news for Denzel Mims.
Starting slot receiver Jamison Crowder is expected to miss the Week 8 game at Kansas City with a groin injury. Breshad Perriman will also sit out with a concussion.
It is time for the New York Jets to unleash Mims and make him the focal point of their offense for a game. New York drafted Mims in April hoping he would be the team’s first reliable, home-grown receiver who could stay healthy since Jerricho Cotchery, of all people.
At this point, the Jets are playing for pride and development. Getting Mims involved over the season’s final two months fills the second goal, especially if the Jets draft a quarterback — Trevor Lawrence, anyone? — next spring.
Fantasy football owners may want to scoop Mims up quickly. Mims was available in roughly 5% of ESPN fantasy leagues at publication.