5 NY Jets players with the most to gain in Monday's preseason game

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2. Denzel Mims, WR, NY Jets

This has been the case all summer. Every opportunity that Denzel Mims receives is another chance for him to improve his stock, both with the Jets and other prospective teams.

Mims finds himself battling for the sixth wide receiver spot on the roster, and it's not even a guarantee that the Jets carry six wideouts. With trade rumors swirling, Mims could help himself (and his team) out with a standout performance.

The former second-round pick has flashed at times this summer and is in excellent shape, but it's clear that the coaching staff still doesn't trust him. It's easy to see why too after an ugly sequence in last week's preseason game resulted in a concentration drop and an illegal formation penalty.

Nonetheless, Mims is auditioning for both a role on the Jets' roster and another team's roster this Monday.

1. Vinny Curry, DE, NY Jets

You have to feel for Vinny Curry. The 10-year NFL veteran battled back from a rare blood disorder last season to return to the gridiron at the age of 34, only to deal with nagging injuries all throughout the summer.

Curry exited Friday's practice early and it's unclear if he'll be able to play this Monday — an unfortunate development after he was forced to sit out of the Jets' first preseason game with a hamstring injury.

If he does play, however, few players have more to lose or gain. Curry might very well be on the outside looking in at the moment in a highly competitive battle for the depth defensive end spots on the roster.

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While the likes of Bryce Huff, Jacob Martin, Micheal Clemons, Jabari Zuniga, and others have impressed this summer, Curry hasn't even had the opportunity to play. Hopefully that changes this Monday.