Jets’ Denzel Mims on Usage: ‘I’m Caught up, I’m Ready.’
The denzel mims is a 3-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Jets. He talks about how he’s caught up in the usage of social media and how he’s ready to take on the challenges that come with it.
Getty Denzel Mims of the New York Jets runs with the football on November 29, 2020.
All summer, New York Jets fans have been talking about Denzel Mims.
Since the start of OTAs, the 2020 second-round pick has dropped on the depth chart, and many believe the dip is inexplicable. Don’t get me wrong: the coaching staff has provided justifications.
- Mims’ route-running abilities.
- After his illness, the quickness with which he picked up the playbook.
- His lack of flexibility on special teams and as wide receiver (Corey Davis’ job is the only one he understands).
Fans of the Jets haven’t always agreed with them. When Mims has on the field, he has had mostly good outcomes. He led the receiving corps with three receptions for 51 yards in the preseason game against the New York Giants. The Baylor product then caught a 40-yard catch in Week 1 after finally getting some plays.
After that, the second-year player was nowhere to be seen, at least until Week 4. (inactive Weeks 2 and 3). Mims was handed 10 plays against the Tennessee Titans due to injuries in the wide receiver group, but he got no targets from Zach Wilson.
WR Elijah Moore is expected to return this week after passing the concussion protocol, according to Robert Saleh.
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Now that Elijah Moore and Jeff Smith have returned from their one-week vacation, the obvious issue is whether Mims will be placed to the inactive list once they return.
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Saleh Isn’t Committed to Mims
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This should come as no surprise, but at his October 6 news conference, head coach Robert Saleh was vague about whether or not Mims will play in Week 5.
“I’ll never make a promise I can’t keep,” Saleh started, “but he is, and if he’s putting in the effort he is, he should be active.” But he’s up against more than just the receivers; he’s up against linebackers, safeties, and corners. [We’re] trying to get everyone engaged in making sure we’re successful in all three phases — offense, defense, and special teams — but he’s earned that right.”
Saleh has previously said that he would be “upset” if Mims wasn’t dissatisfied with his playing time. “He’s a competitive young guy who’s been great throughout the process and has been methodical in practice… This isn’t a criticism on Denzel; it’s simply that there are people available right now… It’s more of a compliment to the room than a criticism on Denzel.”
From what we’ve heard, Mims won’t be doing much in London, if at all. On October 7, the wide receiver spoke to the media and expressed his views on the situation.
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Mims Discusses Playing Time
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Mims talked to reporters for the first time since August, and he addressed all of the tough questions. The interview started with a basic question: how does it feel to compete for snaps?
“It’s been interesting,” Mims said, “but my objective, now that I’m on the bench, is to be helpful.”
“Of course it’s annoying, I’m a competitive player,” the wide receiver said. Of course, every athlete aspires to start and be a starter, but things don’t always happen as planned. I simply have to stay in charge of what I can and come in every day and put positive stuff on film while keeping my head up.”
He was very open about his connection with the coaching staff, stating that nothing has been “punitive” and that they have been completely honest throughout the process.
“I got sick in OTAs and [that] put me back a big step, you know, a big way [because] this is a completely different playbook so I was behind compared to everyone else,” Mims explained. “But I’m coming along, I’m getting there — well, I think I’m there, I’m ready you know, just got to keep doing everything I can to improve.”
It wasn’t the first time the Baylor product told reporters he expected to see more action. When questioned about his progress afterwards, he replied emphatically, “Oh yes, I’m caught up, I’m ready.” Mims also put an end to trade negotiations, stating he’s “not concerned.”
The wide receiver said that he has never lacked confidence, adding that he relies on God, as well as experienced players such as Keelan Cole, Davis, and Jamison Crowder, “every day.” “As of right now, I should be playing,” Mims said after reports that he will be sidelined in Week 5 surfaced.
“Every day is simply a test to see how I respond,” the young athlete added, “but my response is I have to keep [moving] ahead.”
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