Denzel Mims

New York Jets
Wide Receiver #11
New York Jets
Wide Receiver #11

Denzel Mims News

Adding lean muscle

Mims has been getting bigger and leaner while working with trainer Chad Marr this offseason, Kevin Patra of reports.

Analysis: Mims lost 20 pounds due to food poisoning prior to last season and was never able to get going, finishing his second NFL campaign with just eight catches. According to Marr, Mims has simultaneously put on weight yet gotten leaner by adding muscle. With Elijah Moore, Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios all ahead of Mims on the depth chart and the Jets looking into adding another wide receiver through the draft or a trade, the 2020 second-round pick out of Baylor will have to show noticeable improvement in his third season to earn significant snaps on offense.

Apr 18, 2022 1:30 PM EST

Just eight catches in second year

Mims caught eight of 23 targets for 133 yards during the 2021 season.

Analysis: Mims was frequently in the doghouse, and his on-field play explained why. His routes were rarely crisp, and when Mims managed to get open, he was plagued by drops. It's a major indictment on his development that Mims barely saw the field down the stretch, even as the Jets were routinely without their top two or three wide receivers due to injuries. The 2020 second-round pick out of Baylor has all the physical attributes to excel in the NFL, but he's far from guaranteed a spot on the roster next season after his dreadful performance in 2021.

Jan 14, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Another goose egg in Week 16

Mims didn't catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 26-21 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Mims has been targeted five times over the past two games and come away without a catch. The Jets were hoping the 2020 second-round pick would step up with the team's receiving corps banged up, but Mims has failed to make anything of his recent opportunities.

Dec 26, 2021 4:33 PM EST

Another catchless game

Mims didn't catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Mims left the game due to cramps but was able to make his return. He has just one catch in three games since returning from the reserve/COVID-19 list, so Mims' lack of production overshadows the allure of New York's favorable Week 16 matchup against Jacksonville.

Dec 19, 2021 5:56 PM EST

Returns from cramps

Mims (cramps) has returned to Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Mims was deemed questionable to return after cramping up during the first half, but he was able to retake the field after receiving some treatment.

Dec 19, 2021 12:09 PM EST

Exits Sunday's game

Mims is dealing with cramping and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Mims did not record a catch. In his absence, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Coleand Braxton Berrios will head the Jets' Week 15 wideout corps.

Dec 19, 2021 11:04 AM EST

Held without a catch by Saints

Mims failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Mims has just one catch over the past two weeks despite Corey Davis (groin) missing most of one and all of the other and Elijah Moore (quadriceps) missing all of the latter. There should be ample playing time for Mims down the stretch with Davis done for the year and Moore out until at least Week 17, but Mims' floor remains extremely low due to his own struggles and those of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.

Dec 12, 2021 7:35 PM EST

One catch in return

Mims caught his only target for four yards in Sunday's 33-18 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Corey Davis exited early after aggravating his groin injury and Keelan Cole missed the game while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but Mims still failed to make much of an impact. New York's second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft is starting to look like a bust, though a 16-game sample size is admittedly a small one. If Mims turns things around, it's unlikely to be this season, as he's yet to exceed two catches or 40 yards in a game in 2021.

Dec 6, 2021 8:52 AM EST

Opportunity knocks in return

Mims should see an expanded role in Sunday's game against the Eagles, Joey Chandler of NJ Advance Media reports.

Analysis: Mims' return from the reserve/COVID-19 list coincided with Keelan Cole's placement on the list, and Corey Davis (groin) is a game-time decision. Even if Davis suit up, he's not expected to play his usual complement of snaps, creating an opportunity for Mims to make some noise in his return. The 2020 second-round pick's career is off to an underwhelming start, but Mims could begin to turn the narrative around by making the most of this opportunity.

Dec 3, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Activated from COVID list

Mims has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Mims, who has missed the Jets' last three games, is thus slated to return to practice Wednesday. With Keelan Cole on the reserve/COVID-19 list and expected to be out this weekend and Corey Davis day-to-day with a groin injury, Mims' return to the mix is well-timed in terms of bolstering the team's depth at wideout ahead of Week 13 action. In six contests this season, the 2020 second-rounder has caught seven of his 14 targets for 129 yards.

Dec 1, 2021 9:53 AM EST

Ready to retake field

Mims (illness) will return to practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Mims has missed the team's last three games while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. It appears that he'll be ready to retake the field for a Week 13 matchup against the Eagles, though he'll still need to be formally activated by the Jets. Mims has recorded seven receptions for 129 yards across six contests on the campaign.

Nov 29, 2021 9:07 PM EST

Uncertain for Week 11

Coach Robert Saleh said Friday that Mims' availability for Sunday's game against the Dolphins is "in doubt," Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Mims requires one more negative COVID-19 test in order to clear the league's protocols, but the Jets could need to see him at practice before making him active on game day. The second-year pro missed Week 10 while on the COVID-19 list, and with all of Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole available, it's unclear how significant a role Mims will be asked to play even if he does suit up versus Miami.

Nov 19, 2021 8:10 AM EST

Won't play Week 10

Coach Robert Saleh said Friday that Mims (illness) will not come off the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for Sunday's game against the Bills, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Saleh noted that Mims has symptoms, and that he will thus not be eligible to return to action until Week 11 versus the Dolphins, at the earliest. Through six appearances this season Mims has translated 14 targets into just seven catches for 129 yards, without a touchdown. On a brighter note for Mike White and the Jets, Corey Davis (hip) appears to be trending in the right direction.

Nov 12, 2021 8:16 AM EST

Heads to COVID-19 list

The Jets placed Mims (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after he tested positive for the virus, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Analysis: According to Rich Cimini of, Mims is vaccinated, so he'll be eligible to rejoin the Jets when he's asymptomatic for at least 48 hours and has submitted consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart. That timeline gives him a shot to play Sunday against the Bills, but Mims could be in store for a smaller role in any case if top wideout Corey Davis (hip) is able to put an end to a two-game absence, as expected. Mims played 61 percent of the Jets' offensive snaps in last week's 45-30 loss to the Colts, finishing with one reception for 20 yards on five targets.

Nov 9, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Struggling with drops

Mims caught one of five targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 45-30 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Mims has been plagued by drops, and those struggles continued in this one, most notably on one play that would have gone for a decent gain had Mims secured the catch. He tried to turn and run with the ball before catching it, and it fell to the ground incomplete. Even if Corey Davis (hip) misses further time, Mims won't make much of the extra playing time if he continues to drop the ball.

Nov 5, 2021 8:29 AM EST

Not on Week 9 injury report

Mims (finger) didn't appear on the Jets' initial Week 9 injury report released Monday, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: After a thrilling 34-31 victory over the Bengals on Sunday, the Jets didn't hold a formal practice Monday, with the report instead being labeled as an estimate. Regardless, Mims' exclusion from the report indicates the Jets have no concern that the finger injury the wideout sustained against Cincinnati will prevent him from playing Thursday against the Colts in Week 9. In the absence of No. 1 wideout Corey Davis (hip), Mims saw a slightly larger role Week 8, drawing three targets and recording two receptions for 30 yards.

Nov 1, 2021 1:35 PM EST

Hurst finger against Bengals

Mims exited in the second half of Sunday's game against the Bengals due to a finger injury, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mims caught two of three targets for 30 yards prior to getting hurt. The ball he didn't catch bounced off his chest in the end zone. The Jets have a short turnaround before Thursday's Week 9 game against the Colts, but if Mims heals up and Corey Davis (hip) doesn't, the second-year wideout out of Baylor would likely be in line for increased playing time once again.

Oct 31, 2021 2:16 PM EST

Ready to fill in for Davis

With Corey Davis (hip) expected to sit out Sunday's game against the Bengals, Mims is in line to take on a larger role, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: The 1-5 Jets should start to set their sights on the future, which means giving Mims, whom they drafted in the second round of the 2020 draft, opportunities over the likes of veteran retread Keelan Cole in Davis' absence. Mims has had a muted impact thus far, producing just four catches for 79 yards while sitting out two of New York's first six games as a healthy scratch. He'll have a chance to rewrite the disappointing narrative of his sophomore season against Cincinnati, though Mims will need to do so while catching passes from backup quarterback Mike White.

Oct 29, 2021 10:17 AM EST

Held to six yards in New England

Mims caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 54-13 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Mims still can't carve out a consistent role in the low-octane Jets offense. Perhaps the team will entrust the second-year wideout with a larger role in Week 8 against the Bengals now that that it's clear beyond a doubt that this will be another rebuilding season for the 1-5 Jets.

Oct 24, 2021 6:08 PM EST

Three targets in eight snaps

Mims caught two of three targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: Mims played just eight offensive snaps, so at least he was noticeable in his limited time on the field. He's had trouble earning playing time thus far, but the Jets' upcoming Week 6 bye could give Mims an opportunity to convince the coaching staff he deserves a larger role with some strong practice showings.

Oct 11, 2021 10:21 AM EST

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