4. Denzel Mims, WR, NY Jets
Few players on the Jets' roster have more to prove this summer than Denzel Mims. Following a disastrous 2021 season that saw him fall out of favor with the Jets' coaching staff, Mims is looking to reclaim a role in the offense.
Given everything we saw from the former Baylor standout last year, actually accomplishing that almost feels like a pipedream at this point. Nonetheless, he's off to a pretty good start.
Mims flashed at times during minicamp including a spectacular contested-catch near the sideline during Wednesday's practice. He used all 6-foot-3 of his frame to shield the defender and keep his feet in bounds.
Those are the types of plays that got Mims drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. It's why the Jets were so high on him coming out of college and it's why they believed he could be a future cornerstone of the roster.
Unfortunately, that version of Mims seemed like a distant memory last season. The 24-year-old finished with just eight catches for 133 yards despite playing just shy of 300 offensive snaps.
The 2021 season was an utter disaster for Mims who needs a strong summer to not only try to reclaim a role on offense but to solidify his roster status. He's not a lock to make the final roster by any means.
Mims may not have been the most impressive wide receiver during minicamp (more on that in a bit), but he had his moments. Now, let's see if he can carry over that momentum into training camp and continue to impress when he's not battling the third-team defense.