NY Jets: Denzel Mims’ return could provide a boost to a lifeless offense

NY Jets, Denzel Mims (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Denzel Mims (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

NY Jets rookie WR Denzel Mims is expected to make his NFL debut on Sunday.

The NY Jets need it now more than ever. A spark. Any sort of spark to get this low-flying offense off the ground. Rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims hadn’t taken a training camp snap for the majority of the offseason while working back from a hamstring injury suffered at the beginning of the program.

While standing on the sideline with an ached hamstring, Mims watched. He watched an offense that he’ll be eased back into on Sunday go to work. He watched an offense that has been criticized beyond belief ever since taking the field against Buffalo Week 1.

Can Mims change the narrative? Probably not. Can he help an ailing offense that hasn’t been able to find much success through the air in recent weeks? That, we’re all eager to find out.

If Mims has the ability to run a route, Jets fans will already be building him a statue at Florham Park. Yes, that’s how this season has gone thus far. “Anyone with a pulse”, as head coach Adam Gase put it.

Mims will be stepping into an offense that has ranked thirty-second in almost every major offensive category up to this current point, and they don’t seem too eager to improve.

Denzel Mims could transform the NY Jets’ passing attack.

While at Baylor, Denzel Mims was known for his contested catches through the air, and the ability to shake off receivers with his psychical route-running and stellar physique. There’s a reason Mims was taken in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Jets are desperate. They’re desperate for any sort of playmaking ability that can dig their offense out from underneath the rest of the league.

Denzel Mims has the ability to prove to the Jets why he was worth a second-round selection, and frankly, it won’t take much.

Regarding the rest of the injured offense, wide receiver Jamison Crowder popped up on the injury report with a groin, wide receiver Breshad Perriman is battling a knee issue, as well as an ankle.

These three will surely be intriguing to watch as we haven’t gotten to witness a three-receiver set featuring the bona fide starters as of yet.

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But, the one player Jets fans will be keeping a close eye on is Denzel Mims.