It's hard to think of a player on the Jets' roster whose stuck has plummeted as far as Mims' has over the course of the last 8 months. He went from promising second-round pick to a player who can't even get on the field over the likes of Jeff Smith and D.J. Montgomery.
He hasn't just been ineffective this season, he's been a downright liability when on the field. And as a result, as we sit here in January of 2022, it's difficult to imagine him being a part of the Jets' Week 1 roster next season.
The NY Jets might cut ties with Denzel Mims this offseason
This was never how it was supposed to go down. The 59th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Mims showed flashes of potential as a rookie finishing with a modest 23 catches for 357 yards after missing the first half of the season.
The hope was that Mims could take that next step and establish himself as a long-term starter in 2021. However, it quickly became apparent that wasn't going to happen.
Mims found himself buried on the depth chart in training camp and was a healthy scratch to begin the year. Injuries have opened up opportunities, but that hasn't led to production.
Mims has just eight catches for 133 yards this season and hasn't caught a pass since Week 13 despite receiving over 30 percent of his snaps during that timeframe.
But again, it's not that he's just not doing anything. He's a virtual negative rep every snap. Mims has the second-highest penalty-per-target ratio among all wide receivers in the NFL this season with three penalties compared to just 18 targets. All three penalties were mental errors.
Of 131 qualified wide receivers, Mims' dreadful 50.1 Pro Football Focus grade ranks 129th. He has been one of the worst players on the Jets' roster this season.
He's fallen out of favor with the coaching staff, has been benched in favor of practice squad players, and is a complete liability when on the field.
Not only does it seem unlikely that Mims will be on the Jets' active roster come Week 1 of next season, but I would personally bet that he isn't on an NFL active roster in September of 2022.
A practice squad? Sure. Some team will probably take a chance and hope to unlock his raw potential. But he's just too ineffective of a player at this stage to justify a 53-man roster spot.
That's just the reality of the situation. From promising second-round pick to complete draft bust within the span of one calendar year, don't expect Denzel Mims to be on the Jets' roster come the start of next season.