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Denzel Mims

New York Jets
Wide Receiver #11
New York Jets
Wide Receiver #11
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Denzel Mims News

Inactive Sunday

Mims is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Even with Jamison Crowder (groin) still sidelined, Mims will once again sit this one out, while the Jets roll out a Week 3 WR corps featuring Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios.

Sep 26, 2021 11:50 AM EST


Game-time call for Week 3

Mims (coach's decision) will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Broncos, per coach Robert Saleh, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Saleh praised Mims' week of practice, but didn't commit to activating the 2020 second-round pick after scratching him last week. The Jets have been dressing five receivers on game day to give themselves flexibility elsewhere. Corey Davis and Elijah Moore are locks to start every week, Jeff Smith is the gunner on special teams, and Keelan Cole and Braxton Berrios are both reliable veterans. The Jets value the safety of the last two over the raw athleticism of Mims, who has reportedly struggled to pick up the playbook. Barring a change in organizational philosophy, Mims is likely to remain on the outside looking in, even with Jamison Crowder (groin) still sidelined.

Sep 24, 2021 10:22 AM EST



Healthy inactive Week 2

Mims (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Even with fellow receivers Jamison Crowder (COVID-19) and Keelan Cole (knee) sidelined for the Week 1 loss to the Panthers, Mims was on the field for just three snaps and caught his lone target for a 40-yard reception. Though Crowder remains out with a groin injury Week 2, the return of Cole for his season debut will push Mims further down the pecking order. Mims' lack of contributions on special teams could result in him being a fixture on the inactive list in 2021 when the Jets' receiver room is at close to full strength.

Sep 19, 2021 9:00 AM EST


Healthy to start season

Mims (hip) isn't listed on the injury report for Sunday's game at Carolina.

Analysis: A hip injury sidelined Mims for the final two weeks of August, but it won't threaten his availability for Week 1. Playing time is the real concern, even if slot man Jamison Crowder remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list through Sunday. The Jets also have veteran wideouts Corey Davis and Keelan Cole, plus second-round pick Elijah Moore and backup slot man Braxton Berrios. That said, Mims is a recent second-round pick (2020) himself, so he should be able to earn more snaps if he looks good in a limited role.

Sep 8, 2021 2:49 PM EST


Likely available for Week 1

Coach Robert Saleh said Sunday that "he's very very optimistic" that Mims (hip) will be available for Week 1 of the regular season, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Analysis: Mims has been sidelined in training camp since Aug. 19. The 23-year-old appeared in nine games as a rookie, notching 23 catches for 357 yards. With Zach Wilson at the helm this season, Mims appears to be in line for a more productive sophomore campaign as long as he can stay healthy.

Aug 29, 2021 9:41 AM EST



Sits out final preseason game

Mims (undisclosed) did not play in Friday's preseason game against Philadelphia.

Analysis: Mims' undisclosed injury from August 19 hasn't resolved itself yet, but it was believed to be a manageable injury at the time. Hopefully Mims can get back into practice soon and jumpstart his pursuit of a meaningful role in the Jets offense, but an offseason littered with difficulties likely has him behind all of Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder, Elijah Moore and Keelan Cole for the time being. The Jets play Carolina in Week 1.

Aug 28, 2021 3:06 PM EST


Unavailable Saturday

Mims (undisclosed) is not in line to play Saturday against the Packers, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Based on warmups, both Mims and Elijah Moore (quadriceps) will be unavailable Saturday. The Baylor product was carted to the locker room earlier this week with an undisclosed injury, capping off what has been, to date, a miserable training camp for the 2020 second-round pick. Mims still has an opportunity to hit the practice field in the next couple of days in an effort to participate in the team's final preseason contest coming up against the Eagles on Friday.

Aug 21, 2021 1:13 PM EST


Avoids serious injury

Mims (undisclosed) left Thursday's practice early but did not suffer a major injury, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Mims was able to limp off the practice field and was then carted to the locker room, per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York. The second-year wideout has already endured a rough offseason, after a recent and severe bout of food poisoning caused him to miss 20 pounds, but as of late he appears to have been working his way back up the depth chart. It remains to be seen whether Mims will be able to suit up for Saturday's preseason contest against the Packers, but it's at least encouraging that he's avoided a long-term issue.

Aug 19, 2021 10:47 AM EST


Impressive YAC effort

Mims caught three of four targets for 51 yards in Saturday's 12-7 preseason win over the Giants.

Analysis: His production came against the Giants' backups, but Mims still led the Jets in receiving yards. He displayed an excellent mix of elusiveness and power with the ball in his hands to convert a 3rd-and-18 with a terrific effort after catching the ball well short of the sticks. Mims also added a tackle on special teams, showing the coaching staff that he's willing to put in the work necessary to make the roster in a depth role. The 2020 second-round pick's development has been derailed up to this point by a lack of training camp his rookie year, followed by injuries and most recently food poisoning, but Mims has a chance to climb the receiving depth chart as the season unfolds.

Aug 15, 2021 3:33 PM EST


Regaining form after food poisoning

Mims had a severe case of food poisoning that resulted in him losing 20 pounds earlier this offseason, but he has started to regain fitness and has looked better in practice recently, Randy Lange of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Mims dropped from 217 pounds to 197, so it's no surprise he struggled early on in camp. Now that his fitness is returning, Mims finally got a chance to work with first-team quarterback Zach Wilson, per Connor Hughes of The Athletic, after previously being limited to second- and third-team reps. While it remains to be seen how much of a role Mims will play in a Jets receiving corps that's deeper than in years past, it sounds like he's back to climbing up the depth chart after steadily sliding down up to this point.

Aug 11, 2021 2:56 PM EST


Sliding down depth chart

Mims has split his practice time between the second- and third-team offense, and there are five or six receivers working ahead of him, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Not only are the likes of Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Jamison Crowder working ahead of Mims, but so are Keelan Cole, Vyncint Smith and, occasionally, Braxton Berrios. The 2020 second-round pick out of Baylor seems closer to getting cut than starting at this point, though Mims still has time to turn things around with the preseason coming up.

Aug 8, 2021 3:54 PM EST


Working with second team

Mims has worked with the second-team offense throughout minicamp, and that remained the case as the Jets began practicing Wednesday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mims is clearly behind offseason addition Keelan Cole -- who has been working with the first-team offense -- in the battle for the starting spot opposite Corey Davis. The 2020 second-round pick out of Baylor has excellent measurables, but until Mims develops as a route runner and polishes his game, he's likely going to spend most of his time on the sidelines.

Jul 29, 2021 12:19 PM EST


Will need to win spot

Mims will need to improve his play inside the numbers to earn a starting spot on the outside, according to offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, DJ Bien-Aime II of the New York Daily News reports. "(Mims) plays big on the outside. He's got the length and the radius," LaFleur said. "We're gonna get him playing better inside the numbers."

Analysis: By "inside the numbers", LaFleur means shorter routes over the middle such as slants and crosses, which are the bread and butter of LaFleur's West Coast offensive scheme. Mims was drafted in the second round in 2020 predominantly for the field-stretching ability he showed at Baylor, and while he's probably the Jets' top deep threat, Mims will need to round out his game to earn the starting spot opposite Corey Davis over rookie Elijah Moore and veteran addition Keelan Cole. An illness capped Mims' reps during the spring, but he still has plenty of time to state his case throughout camp and preseason.

Jun 29, 2021 8:41 AM EST


Facing snap competition

The Jets have added Corey Davis and Keelan Cole to a wideout group that returns Mims and Jamison Crowder, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Jets likely envision Davis, Crowder and Mims as their top three, in some order, with Cole then filling in as a high-end No. 4 who can be the top backup for multiple receiver spots. Mims was held back by hamstring injuries and a concussion during his rookie season, but as a recent second-round pick he should have every chance to lock down a starting job. He'll likely be catching his passes from a rookie QB, with the majority of mock drafts linking the Jets to BYU's Zach Wilson.

Mar 30, 2021 1:07 PM EST


Diagnosed with concussion

Mims suffered a concussion and won't return to Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Mims' rookie season is over. He added a 15-yard reception in Week 17, bringing his total for the year to 23 receptions for 357 yards and no touchdowns through nine games. Mims' top priority will be to get healthy as he seeks a larger role in 2021.

Jan 3, 2021 12:13 PM EST


Leaves Sunday's game

Mims exited Sunday's game against the Patriots due to a possible concussion.

Analysis: Prior to his departure from the contest, Mims caught one of his two targets for 15 yards. In his absence, added snaps are available for Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith.

Jan 3, 2021 11:11 AM EST


Blanked by Browns

Mims failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Mims was targeted on New York's first offensive play but saw just one target the rest of the way, as Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios and Chris Herndon combined for 14 of New York's 17 catches. The rookie receiver out of Baylor has just 18 yards in two games since missing one to tend to a personal matter. Getting back on track won't be easy against the Patriots in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2020 3:51 PM EST


Returns to full session

Mims (foot) practiced fully Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Prior to a three-catch, 18-yard effort in this past Sunday's win over the Rams, the rookie wideout had logged at least 40 receiving yards in each of his first six NFL contests. He'll look to bounce back this weekend against a Cleveland defense that held the Giants to six points in Week 15, but has allowed an average of 246.5 passing yards per game overall this season.

Dec 24, 2020 3:30 PM EST


Limited with foot injury

Mims (foot) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Mims has managed to stay injury-free after having his NFL debut pushed off by injuries to his hamstrings, but he finds himself back on the injury report as the Jets prepare for Sunday's home game against the Browns. If the rookie receiver can avoid a setback, he should be able to take the field as he looks to bounce back from last week's 18-yard performance. Prior to that poor outing, Mims had piled up at least 40 receiving yards in each of his first six NFL appearances.

Dec 23, 2020 1:57 PM EST


Career-low yardage total in win

Mims caught three of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Mims returned to the lineup after a one-game absence that resulted from his inability to fulfill COIVD-19 protocols in time after leaving the team facility to tend to a family matter. The rookie finished with fewer than 40 yards for the first time in seven games, but he'll gladly trade the lack of yardage for his first taste of victory at the NFL level, even if it may end up costing the Jets the chance to draft their future quarterback of choice first overall.

Dec 21, 2020 9:55 AM EST


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