The NY Jets have officially released their list of seven inactives ahead of their Week 2 meeting with the New England Patriots. As expected, Denzel Mims is one of the names on the list. But one surprise listed is Jamison Crowder.
Mims will be a healthy scratch in Week 2 after playing just three offensive snaps a week ago. This came despite the absence of two of the team's top four wide receivers in Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole.
Braxton Berrios was on the field for 37 (57 percent) offensive snaps. Even Jeff Smith played a total of nine offensive snaps. Mims received just three, although he did haul in a crucial 40-yard pass later in the game to set up an eventual touchdown.
With Cole returning to the lineup this week, Mims was always likely going to be the odd-man-out. He's WR7 on the depth chart and doesn't play special teams.
Barring multiple injuries or a major change of pace, Mims will likely remain a healthy scratch on game days for the foreseeable future.
The NY Jets will be without Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims in Week 2
Crowder is undoubtedly the biggest surprise on a list that also features running backs La'Mical Perine and Josh Adams, linebacker Jamien Sherwood (ankle), cornerback Jason Pinnock, and defensive tackle Jonathan Marshall.
Crowder was held out of Week 1 after testing positive for COVID-19, but he was expected to make his return this week. He returned to practice only to tweak his groin on Friday.
Still, most expected Crowder to play this week. Evidently, that won't be the case. The return of Cole will help alleviate his loss, however.
Many will focus on Mims being an inactive, but this was always going to be the outcome. A second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Mims missed the first half of his rookie season before returning and showing flashes of greatness down the stretch.
The Baylor product finished with 23 catches for 357 yards averaging over 15 yards per reception in nine games as a rookie.
But Mims fell behind on the depth chart this summer and quickly found himself working with the backups. While his standing on the team is a surprise, it's no shock that he's a healthy scratch this week given what we know about his current role.
The Jets will once again be shorthanded at wide receiver with Crowder sidelined for another week.