3 NY Jets players that must step up following the Corey Davis injury

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NY Jets, Denzel Mims
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1. Denzel Mims, WR, NY Jets

No player has more to gain from Corey Davis' absence than Denzel Mims. In the previous three games that Davis was forced to miss, Mims stepped in and essentially took over Davis' role in the offense.

Now, with Davis sidelined for the remainder of the year, the next five games will serve as an audition of sorts for Mims. This is his opportunity to prove that he's deserving of a role in the offense next season.

Following a promising finish to his rookie season, most expected Mims to take a big step forward in his second NFL campaign. Unfortunately, the exact opposite has happened.

Mims quickly found himself plummeting down the depth chart in the summer and was even a healthy scratch multiple times over the first month of the season. He's been a complete afterthought for much of the year.

In seven games, Mims has hauled in just eight catches for 133 yards. He's played 36 percent of the team's total offensive snaps but hasn't been able to make the impact most thought he would.

Mims has been given opportunities in the past, but none will be greater than this one. The former Baylor standout will have five weeks to prove his worth. To prove that the Jets need to make him a part of their plans in 2022.

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The pressure is on, but without a doubt, Mims has more to gain from Davis' absence than any other player on the Jets' roster.