Denzel Mims

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

Denzel Mims News

No TDs through three seasons

Mims wasn't targeted in Sunday's season finale against the Dolphins. He finishes the season with 11 catches for 186 yards on 25 targets.

Analysis: Mims has yet to score a touchdown since being selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He got opportunities when the Jets dealt with injuries to other wide receivers but struggled to do much with his chances while battling drops. It's hard to describe Mims as anything but a bust at this point, and given that he doesn't contribute on special teams, the 25-year-old wide receiver will be a 2023 training camp cut candidate barring a noticeable improvement in the offseason.

Jan 11, 2023 9:56 AM EST

Targeted once in Week 17

Mims didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 23-6 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Mims suited up after clearing concussion protocol but played a minimal role with each of New York's top three wide receivers healthy. The disappointing second-round selection from the 2020 NFL Draft will likely remain buried in a depth role when the Jets close their season out in Miami in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2023 12:34 PM EST

Clears concussion protocol

Mims (concussion) will play Sunday against the Seahawks, Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mims will be back on the field Sunday after he missed the Jets' Week 16 loss to the Jaguars while recovering from the concussion he sustained the week prior versus Detroit. With New York in a must-win situation, they'll get some added depth at wide receiver with Mims' return. The 25-year-old has compiled 11 catches for 186 yards over eight contests this season.

Dec 30, 2022 8:03 AM EST

Practices fully Thursday

Mims (concussion) practiced fully Thursday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After logging a limited session Wednesday, Mims progressed to a full practice Thursday, which has him trending toward being active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Friday's final injury report will confirm whether Mims has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and if so, he should head into the weekend minus a Week 17 injury designation.

Dec 29, 2022 5:25 PM EST

Reaches final step of protocol

Mims (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday and is in the final stage of concussion protocol, the NY Daily News reports.

Analysis: Mims is on track to return for Sunday's game in Seattle, though perhaps only as the No. 4 or 5 wide receiver now that Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis and Elijah Moore are all healthy and not benched.

Dec 28, 2022 3:03 PM EST

Won't play Thursday

Mims (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Mims had only four days to clear concussion protocol after suffering the brain injury in Sunday's 21-19 loss to Detroit. The good news for the Jets is that Corey Davis is back in the lineup, joining Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios to form a talented and varied WR group. Mims' next chance to play will be Jan. 1 at Seattle.

Dec 21, 2022 2:02 PM EST

Not practicing

Mims (concussion) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Mims had been filling in for Corey Davis, who was a full participant Tuesday after missing the past couple games in concussion protocol. Jeff Smith, who replaced Mims in Sunday's loss to the Lions, also missed Tuesday's practice (with a knee injury). It thus appears Davis could be back in the lineup and handling a full-time role Thursday night against Jacksonville.

Dec 20, 2022 1:26 PM EST

Listed as DNP on practice estimate

Mims (concussion) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Mims was limited to six snaps in Sunday's loss to the Lions and will now need to clear concussion protocol in short order to have a chance to suit up Thursday night against the Jaguars. Also appearing on Monday's practice estimate were fellow wideouts Jeff Smith (knee, DNP) and Corey Davis (concussion, limited) , which makes the trio's status worth monitoring ahead of Week 16 action.

Dec 19, 2022 4:20 PM EST

Won't return Sunday

Mims (concussion) won't return to Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Prior to being evaluated for a concussion, Mims caught one of his two targets for 13 yards. The wideout will now look to gain clearance to play in advance of Thursday's contest against the Jaguars.

Dec 18, 2022 11:18 AM EST

Evaluated for concussion

Mims is being evaluated for a concussion during Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Mims caught one of his two targets for 13 yards. In his absence, Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith could see added WR snaps alongside Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore.

Dec 18, 2022 10:49 AM EST

Three catches after Davis injury

Mims caught three of five targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Mims was more involved after Corey Davis (head) exited in the first half. Davis took a knee to the head, so his absence may linger through Week 15 against the Lions and beyond, and Mims should see an uptick in playing time for the duration of his fellow wide receiver's absence.

Dec 11, 2022 3:38 PM EST

One target in Week 13

Mims didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: The only ball thrown Mims' way was a deep jump ball along the sidelines. It hit him in the hands but he failed to come down with it. His struggles with drops will continue to limit Mims' value moving forward.

Dec 5, 2022 8:46 AM EST

Minimal role as other WRs shine

Mims caught his only target for 11 yards in Sunday's 31-10 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Mims' only catch led to points, as he gained 11 yards on 3rd and 13 to get the Jets in range for a 57-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal just before halftime. New York took a 17-10 lead into the locker room, then put the game away with 14 unanswered points in the second half. Fellow wide receivers Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore combined for three touchdowns in Mike White's season debut under center, while Mims didn't make much of an impact, suggesting benched quarterback Zach Wilson may not have been the reason for Mims' lack of production to date.

Nov 27, 2022 7:29 PM EST

Will be active this weekend

Head coach Robert Saleh said Friday that despite Corey Davis' return Sunday against the Bears, Mims will be active because he's earned a role, Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While Corey Davis has missed each of New York's previous three games with a knee injury, Mims subsequently moved up in the team's depth chart and recorded five receptions for 123 yards in that span. Now that Davis is in line to return in Week 12, the 2020 second-rounder will likely take on a reduced pass-catching role.

Nov 25, 2022 9:21 AM EST

Sets up FG with 34-yard grab

Mims caught two of six targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 10-3 loss to New England.

Analysis: The first pass thrown to Mims was a blatant drop, but he redeemed himself with a 34-yard catch down the sideline in the second quarter to set up a field goal for New York's only points of the game. Mims led the team in targets and accounted for nearly half of Zach Wilson's 77 passing yards as the Jets put forth an abhorrent performance on offense. If Corey Davis (knee) is ready to play in Week 12 against the Bears, Mims will likely be relegated to a depth role, as the 2020 second-round pick hasn't done enough in Davis' absence to prove he deserves to keep starting.

Nov 20, 2022 2:42 PM EST

One catch in Week 9 win

Mims caught one of four targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Mims got both hands on a high throw but couldn't secure it to convert on 3rd-and-7 in the second quarter, forcing the Jets to punt in Bills territory. He remained a non-factor for most of the afternoon but made a big play down the stretch, securing a 12-yard catch to convert a third down deep in Buffalo territory. That conversion allowed New York to run more valuable time off the clock late in the fourth quarter before Greg Zuerlein kicked what proved to be the game-winning field goal. Mims' four targets were actually good for second on the team behind Garrett Wilson's nine, but Corey Davis' (knee) expected return after the Week 10 bye will likely lead to a reduction in Mims' already limited role.

Nov 7, 2022 7:38 AM EST

Expected to remain starter

Mims is expected to retain a starting role in Week 9 against the Bills with Corey Davis (knee) still sidelined, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: The Jets plan to deploy Mims as a starter on the outside opposite Garrett Wilson for a second consecutive week with Davis unavailable. Elijah Moore, who had previously seen significant time on the outside, seems to have been demoted to a part-time slot role after complaining about a lack of targets. With Davis out in Week 8, Mims caught two of three targets for 76 yards.

Nov 4, 2022 10:19 AM EST

Shot at staying in lineup

Mims has a chance at remaining in the lineup even after Corey Davis (knee) returns, Connor Hughes of reports.

Analysis: Head coach Robert Saleh said Friday that he feels like "something switched" in Mims a few weeks ago and that the wide receiver could stay in the lineup even when Corey Davis comes back from his knee injury. Mims appears to have surpassed Elijah Moore on the depth chart and has produced 80 receiving yards on three catches over the last two games.

Nov 4, 2022 7:46 AM EST

Makes 63-yard catch with Davis out

Mims caught two of three targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Mims' 63-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter set up Tyler Conklin's second touchdown of the game, but it was too little too late for the Jets, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. Corey Davis' (knee) absence provided more opportunities for Mims in this one, but Mims would be relegated to a reserve role if Davis returns in Week 9 against the Bills.

Oct 30, 2022 3:20 PM EST

One catch in season debut

Mims caught one of two targets for four yards in Sunday's 16-9 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Activated for the first time this season with Elijah Moore (personal) sitting at home, Mims delivered a mixed bag. He threw a key block on Breece Hall's (knee) 62-yard touchdown run but was also tagged with an offensive pass interference penalty while trying to block on a screen pass and had a drop on a ball that was admittedly thrown a bit behind him. Mims will likely remain active in Week 8 against the Patriots as a replacement for either Moore or Corey Davis (knee).

Oct 24, 2022 7:55 AM EST

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