FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets broad receiver Denzel Mims, who requested a commerce final week as a result of he is sad in a backup position, aired his frustration Wednesday after making the 53-man roster.
Mims, a 2020 second-round choose, believes he has proven his skill to begin, however that the coaches refuse to see him as something greater than a backup.
“I really feel like I already just about (proved it), from OTAs till now,” he mentioned. “I imply, they’re fairly set on who they need.”
“I really feel like, yeah, I really feel like (the coaches) have made their thoughts up, truthfully,” Mims mentioned. “However I really feel like I can change their thoughts on that. I really feel like I have been doing that. Their minds are fairly made up, although.”
The Jets fielded commerce inquiries on Mims, in keeping with basic supervisor Joe Douglas, who mentioned they did not think about any presents as a result of they weren’t “the correct worth for a participant of his expertise and talent.” Douglas did not rule out the potential of dealing him earlier than the midseason buying and selling deadline, saying he all the time takes calls on gamers.
Douglas mentioned waiving Mims by no means was a consideration. The Jets wound up preserving six receivers on the 53-man roster, together with slot receiver Braxton Berrios and particular teamer Jeff Smith.
Mims mentioned he in all probability might be inactive for the Sept. 11 opener in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens.
“In fact I will be annoyed that I am not enjoying with the starters, however I’ve received to proceed to work,” he mentioned.
Mims performed some particular groups within the preseason, though they are not his forte.
“I’ve no downside enjoying particular groups, I do not in any respect, however I really feel like I am a beginning receiver,” he mentioned.
He reached a boiling level six days in the past, when his agent launched a press release, saying Mims needed to be traded. He responded together with his most efficient day as a Jet — seven catches for 102 yards and a landing in a preseason sport in opposition to the New York Giants. He performed completely with the backups. The truth is, he did not obtain a single sport rep with the starters within the preseason.
Mims mentioned he loves his teammates and the group; he simply would not agree together with his place within the pecking order at receiver.
“I would not say he desires to be some place else; he desires to play,” Douglas mentioned. “He desires to begin. Denzel could be very assured. He has voiced that, that he desires to be a starter. In the end, you desire a group full of men that really feel like they need to be the No. 1 man.”
Drafted 59th general within the receiver-rich 2020 draft, Mims has solely 31 receptions in two seasons. He has but to attain a landing. Since choosing him, the Jets have used a second-round choose on Moore and a first-round choose on Wilson.
Mims appears like he is caught in a Catch-22 as a result of he cannot change the coaches’ opinion until he will get enjoying time with the starters.
“That is powerful, not being on the market with the 1s and with the ability to present it,” he mentioned. “I really feel like I need to be with the 1s.”