NY Jets: 4 biggest disappointments of 2021 training camp so far

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

The top spot on this list was never going to be anyone different. No player on the Jets roster has seen their stock plummet as much as Denzel Mims this summer.

Mims was slotted in as the de facto No. 1 option on the outside entering the offseason and, even following the additions of Corey Davis, Keelan Cole, and Elijah Moore, most assumed that Mims would still figure into the starting lineup.

When it was reported that Cole was working ahead of Mims in the spring, many were surprised. That would ultimately be a sign of things to come.

Now, Mims isn't just working with the second team. He's running almost exclusively with the third-team offense alongside Jeff Smith and Lawrence Cager.

Six receivers are ahead of him on the depth chart — all six have received first-team reps. Davis, Cole, Moore, Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios, and Vyncint Smith.

Berrios and Smith were considered roster bubble players. Now, they're ahead of a player who most viewed as a surefire starter going into the season.

Trade rumors have begun to emerge and, while there might not be a ton of substance behind them yet, it isn't hard to see how that conclusion can be drawn.

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This isn't about rotating players. Denzel Mims has plummeted down the depth chart. He has undoubtedly been the biggest disappointment of the summer.