Denzel Mims was set to go unwritten last week. Jets head coach Robert Saleh promised the receiver “will have some opportunity” after being targeted just once this season.
It is now possible that Mims, who missed practice on Wednesday with an illness (not COVID-19, the Jets said), will be put back in storage.
The most curiously absent Jet so far this season, the Mims played against the Titans on Sunday after losing two straight games, but was a no-show of a different kind. Now, he could be inactive again, after receiver Elijah Moore returned from concussion protocol to limited practice and play against the Falcons in London on Sunday.
Mims, a 2020 second-round pick, wasn’t even targeted once in the win over Tennessee. He was on the field for 10 plays, all on offense.
Zack Wilson’s best professional play included a heavy dose of Corey Davis, seven catches for 61 yards from Jamieson Crowder, and several big plays from Keelan Cole. Braxton Berrios was cut short, but he returned the kick.
“We got really good” [wide receiver] rooms. credit for [general manager] that [Douglas] And their employees and what they are capable of creating,” Saleh said on Wednesday. “But it’s not an indictment on Denzel. It’s just that right now there are people who are available – everyone knows what happened at the OTA and all that.”
Mims lost time during the off-season due to food poisoning, and “he’s catching up,” Saleh said, “It’s hard to believe he’s still making up for lost time from the spring.”
Receiver Jeff Smith, who is a concussion, also missed practice, but he is a special team player dressed in mimes instead. There may be other obstacles that prevent playing Mims, a fast, 6-foot-3, big-play threat.
“I’ll never make a promise that I can’t keep, but if he’s acting the way he is, he should be proactive,” Saleh said. “But it’s not just the receiver room he’s competing against. There are linebackers, Safaris, corners trying to get the guys involved.”
Are Mims Frustrated?
“I would have been upset if he hadn’t been disappointed,” Saleh said. “He’s a competitive youth.”
Javelin Guidry, a 23-year-old defensive back who was signed as an undrafted free agent last year, played cornerback and in a dime and nickel package against the Titans. Saleh “wanted to pump him up for a second.”
“He’s been an absolute stud,” Koch said of the Utah product. “We are so lucky to have him. He makes a lot possible because of his willingness to do extra.”
Saleh said CB Brandin Echols, who was ruled out of last week’s game with a setback, has moved on to the next progression of protocol and could play against the Falcons.
Mims, Smith, S Marcus Mai (ankle), S Adrian Colbert (concussion), TE Tyler Croft (back), and DL Nathan Shepherd (knee) were also not practicing.
LB Blake Cashman, who had suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the week against the Panthers, returned to practice.
The Jets recently signed DB Nutrell Jamerson in the practice team with the Saints.