NY Jets place rookie WR Denzel Mims and LB Blake Cashman on IR

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The NY Jets officially placed Denzel Mims and Blake Cashman on injured reserve.

The hits keep coming for the NY Jets. Soon after it was reported that the Jets were placing running back Le’Veon Bell on injured reserve, the team announced that they had also placed wide receiver Denzel Mims and linebacker Blake Cashman on IR.

And just like that, three projected starters all placed on injured reserve on the same day.

The Jets have been hit hard with injuries so far this season and dealt with a number of players missing time this summer. One of those players was Mims who has yet to really practice with the team after injuring his hamstring just prior to the start of training camp.

A second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jets expected Mims to provide an immediate boost to a wide receiver corps that was in desperate need of a spark. Instead, Mims has spent the last month on the sideline rehabbing two separate hamstring injuries.

The Jets opted not to place Mims on IR prior to Week 1 indicating that they believed he’d be back sooner rather than later. But after the former Baylor star injured his other hamstring in practice, they decided to just bite the bullet and let him heal.

This is obviously awful news for a player the Jets had high hopes for in 2020. Given the barren state of the Jets’ wide receiver depth chart, they sure could use Mims at the moment.

Unfortunately, they’ll now have to wait until at least Week 5 for him to possibly return. The NFL’s new IR rules allow an unlimited number of returns and require players to only spend three weeks on the reserve list before they could be returned.

What will the NY Jets do at linebacker with Blake Cashman out?

The same will be the case with Cashman who finds himself on the IR after injuring his groin in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. The 2019 fifth-round pick played just seven games a year ago as injuries have been a problem throughout his brief career.

An outside linebacker by trade, Harvey Langi was asked to step in for Cashman alongside Neville Hewitt and he performed admirably. Depending on the status of Avery Williamson, who sat out of Sunday’s opener, the Jets may need to make a move at linebacker.

Veteran Alec Ogletree is currently on the practice squad and the Jets also worked out Paul Worrilow who played four games with the team last year.

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The injuries continue to pile up for Gang Green and Mims, Cashman, and Bell are just the latest victims.