Florham Park, NJ – Frustrated by his lack of opportunity, New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims – Selection in the second round for 2020 – The team informed Thursday that they want to trade, his agent said in a statement.
This has been increasing for weeks. Mims’ agent, Ron Slavin, met on August 6 with general manager Joe Douglas to express his concerns. Sources said that Mims expressed strong feelings with coach Robert Saleh in private meetings at the training camp.
“The time has come,” Slavin said. “Denzel has tried in good faith, but he clearly has no future with the Jets. Denzel has vowed to come back better than ever this season and has worked hard in the off-season to make it happen. However, he has been. I was given very few opportunities to work with an attacking splash and get into a groove with them.
“We feel at this point that trading is our only option as the Jets have repeatedly told us they won’t release him. Joe Douglas has always done what Denzel does right and we are confident he will do everything in his power to find him a new home where he can be a contributor.”
It was a rocky run with the planes.
Showing promise as a rookie under his former coaching staff (23 catches for 357 yards in nine games), Mims was riding the bench. He suffered from illnesses and injuries, but was also not embraced by the current staff, who wanted him to improve his understanding of the rules of the game.
He played just 11 games last season and finished with just eight for 133 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown in the NFL. Gates said he came to training camp with a renewed commitment, and yet he was relegated to the tasks of the second and third teams.
In the pre-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, Mims was the seventh receiver to enter the game. He’s restricted to leading the team in pre-season receptions (five catches for 68 yards), but he also has a drop and penalty kick before the blitz.
Recently, Mims explained that he deserved a position at the start, saying, “I show it every day, so it’s up to them if they want to play with me or not. But I show every day what I can do. I’m going to keep doing it.”
Saleh said recently that Mims is “a lot further away than he was a year ago,” but he’s no better than sixth on the depth chart. in front of him Corey DavisAnd the Elijah Mornot veteran Garrett WilsonAnd the Braxton Pirios And the Jeff SmithStrong special team player.
Since drafting Mims, a big Baylor receiver, the Jets have used a first-round pick on Wilson and a second-round pick on Moore—strong indications that Mims doesn’t envision them in their long-term future. Sources said teams have expressed interest in Mims over the past year, but Jets have never been willing to trade it off. Maybe that will change now.