Denzel Mims stood behind a microphone Friday at Airplane Training Camp He stated that he wanted to be a broadband receiver in 2022.
“That’s my only goal,” Mims said.
The question is whether he can achieve this goal as a member of the Air Force.
Mims have been rocky for two years with the organization since General Manager Joe Douglas drafted him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. COVID-19 wiped out the first season of his rookie year, and Mims, who is out of Baylor, needed some polishing and could have benefited One of these spring practices.
The coach who recruited him, Adam Gas, was fired after his rookie year, and Mims got off to a poor start with the new coaching staff after a bout of food poisoning cost him most of spring training in 2021. This led to a one-second loss of Mims’ season that showed him inactive, burying On the depth chart then lost time due to COVID-19.
Mims spent his last vacation getting in better shape and Gates’ coaches cared about the work he did. He’s had some strong days in boot camp, showing up more in the first two weeks of camp this year than in the whole of last summer. .
“Long way, long way,” coach Robert Saleh said of how far Mims have come in a year. “I’ll even tell him he still has more in the tank, but he’s a lot better than he was a year ago.”
Jets now face a dilemma with Mims. Since he was drafted, this is what they’ve done extensively: he signed Cory Davis on free agency, drafted Elijah Moore in the second round, and re-signed Braxton Berrios and Garrett Wilson in the first round. All of which makes Mims the No. 5 future at best. He also does not play in private teams, although Saleh wished that he would add that to his game.
It’s very simple. Mims don’t feel like part of Gates’ long-term plan. Yes, they can hold onto it as injury insurance. But trading it seems to be the best thing for both sides.
Let Mims get a fresh start somewhere else where they can already compete to be a starting player and not essentially get third-team reps, as they do at Florham Park. Douglas should be able to get a late pick for Mims, who only had two years left of a stunning 4.38-yard dash before the draft. At 6-foot-3, with a huge hunting radius, Mims have gifts that can’t be trained. Sure, there’s a team he liked in the draft and he’s going to send the Jets a pick. The Patriots just earned a 2024 seventh-round pick for N’Keal Harry. He stayed on Mims another year into his contract than Harry.
One of Douglas’ strengths as a GM was to get good returns on trades. He got a fourth-round pick for Chris Herndon, a sixth-round pick for Blake Cashman and two first-round picks for Jamal Adams, the stunner of all minds.
Now, he has to see what he can get for Mims, who has answered questions about his work ethic in this off-season.
Saleh said: “He does not make excuses.” “He grinds. He treats it like a professional and for that I am grateful.”
Teams inspect wide receivers for injury every day at training camp. The Broncos lost Tim Patrick this week. It’s hamstring pull season. Douglas should be on the phone with any team that suffers a center injury.
Airplanes can trade MEMS. They have a deep receiving squad for the first time in a long time, with Davis, Moore, Wilson, Berrios and Jeff Smith, the coaches favorite. Mims was asked how he saw himself fit.
“I hope to see myself at the top,” he said. “I feel like I put in enough work to be there. That is the decision of the coaches but I will continue to work on my tail and do everything I can.”
Mims may still be able to be a regular in the NFL, but that’s not the case with the Jets. It’s time for a change it’s time for a change it’s time to move on.