NY Jets: Denzel Mims named potential breakout WR in 2021

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The NY Jets will be expecting big things from wide receiver Denzel Mims as he enters his second year in the NFL this season.

And the Jets aren't alone in their high expectations.

Former NFL wide receiver and current analyst Nate Burleson revealed his top-five potential breakout wide receivers for the upcoming 2021 season, and Mims was one of the players he discussed.

As part of a revamped wide receiver group, Mims will look to build upon an encouraging rookie season with a productive and healthy campaign.

The NY Jets hope Denzel Mims could break out in 2021

Following an excellent career at Baylor, Mims was selected by the Jets with the 59th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft — a little later than most experts believed he would be drafted.

Unfortunately, his rookie season got off to a slow start as a hamstring injury sidelined Mims for most of training camp and he was placed on injured reserve shortly after Week 1.

It wasn't until late October that Mims would finally make his NFL debut hauling in four catches for 42 yards in a Week 7 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

From there, Mims would show flashes of greatness, although his production was limited due to lackluster quarterback play and a poor offensive system.

The 23-year-old finished the year with 23 catches for 357 yards in nine games. Certainly modest production, but again, it's hard to place all the blame on his shoulders.

The hope is that Mims could put together a much more productive season in 2021 with a new quarterback and coaching staff.

Gone is Adam Gase and in steps new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur who will be running the show on offense. And instead of Sam Darnold, it will be rookie second overall pick Zach Wilson targeting Mims in the passing game.

While the jury is still out on both, it's going to be pretty difficult for each of them to fare worse than their predecessors.

If Mims can stay healthy and benefit from an improved supporting cast, there's no reason why he can't take a major leap in 2021.

He has the speed/size blend that teams dream about and, alongside the likes of Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, and Jamison Crowder, could form one of the best wide receiver corps the Jets have had in years.

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Mims will be looking to put together a breakout season in 2021.