Denzel Mims has the chance to improve in his sophomore campaign, but he's only worth drafting with a late-round pick in most Fantasy leagues. The Jets have a new quarterback in Zach Wilson to replace Sam Darnold, and hopefully that helps Mims. But he will compete with Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Keelan Cole and, for now, Jamison Crowder for targets, and Mims has a lot to prove to Fantasy managers after averaging just 6.4 PPR points per game as a rookie in 2020. There's plenty of upside with Mims, and we're hoping he steps up and can become a quality Fantasy receiver this year.
Mims will need to improve his play inside the numbers to earn a starting spot on the outside, according to offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, DJ Bien-Aime II of the New York Daily News reports. "(Mims) plays big on the outside. He's got the length and the radius," LaFleur said. "We're gonna get him playing better inside the numbers." By "inside the numbers", LaFleur means shorter routes over the middle such as slants and crosses, which are the bread and butter of LaFleur's West Coast offensive scheme. Mims was drafted in the second round in 2020 predominantly for the field-stretching ability he showed at Baylor, and while he's probably the Jets' top deep threat, Mims will need to round out his game to earn the starting spot opposite Corey Davis over rookie Elijah Moore and veteran addition Keelan Cole. An illness capped Mims' reps during the spring, but he still has plenty of time to state his case throughout camp and preseason.
The Jets have added Corey Davis and Keelan Cole to a wideout group that returns Mims and Jamison Crowder, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports. The Jets likely envision Davis, Crowder and Mims as their top three, in some order, with Cole then filling in as a high-end No. 4 who can be the top backup for multiple receiver spots. Mims was held back by hamstring injuries and a concussion during his rookie season, but as a recent second-round pick he should have every chance to lock down a starting job. He'll likely be catching his passes from a rookie QB, with the majority of mock drafts linking the Jets to BYU's Zach Wilson.
Mims suffered a concussion and won't return to Sunday's game against the Patriots. Mims' rookie season is over. He added a 15-yard reception in Week 17, bringing his total for the year to 23 receptions for 357 yards and no touchdowns through nine games. Mims' top priority will be to get healthy as he seeks a larger role in 2021.
Mims exited Sunday's game against the Patriots due to a possible concussion. Prior to his departure from the contest, Mims caught one of his two targets for 15 yards. In his absence, added snaps are available for Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith.
Mims failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns. Mims was targeted on New York's first offensive play but saw just one target the rest of the way, as Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios and Chris Herndon combined for 14 of New York's 17 catches. The rookie receiver out of Baylor has just 18 yards in two games since missing Week 14 to tend to a personal matter. Getting back on track won't be easy against the Patriots in Week 17.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|7||10/24||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|14||12/12||New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|17||01/02||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||44||23||357||0||15||15.52||37|