NY Jets news: Jets cancel minicamp, Denzel Mims absent from OTAs

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NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Tuesday that the team has decided to cancel their mandatory minicamp, which was scheduled to take place from June 13-15 next week.

The decision comes as a result of the Jets reporting a week earlier for training camp in July due to the team playing in the Hall of Fame Game the following month. The Jets and Cleveland Browns will thus play an extra preseason game and begin their summer workouts early.

Saleh insisted that he wanted to give the Jets players an extra week off, suggesting that he was very pleased with the work the team had put in this spring.

It makes sense for the Jets to give their players a little extra rest, with the team set to report a week early in July. It's safe to say the players will be very appreciative of the organization's decision.

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Denzel Mims absent from open-media OTA practices

Few players on the Jets' roster have more to prove this spring and summer than Denzel Mims. Unfortunately, Mims has been one of the only Jets players not present during the open-media OTA sessions.

Mims was not in attendance for either of the last two OTA practices open to the media. It's unclear if he's been present for the other OTA sessions not open to the media, as attendance is not reported for those practices.

Quinnen Williams hasn't been in attendance for contractual reasons. Corey Davis has been absent because he and his wife just had a baby. The reason for Mims' absence is unknown.

The former second-round pick is fighting for a roster spot this summer, and while Jets head coach Robert Saleh continues to speak highly of him, he won't be able to make his case if he's not on the field.

Micheal Clemons puts on weight

The Jets are absolutely loaded at defensive end, and as a result, they're going to try to find creative ways to get their best players on the field. Perhaps that's why the Jets asked defensive end Micheal Clemons to put on a little extra weight this offseason.

The 2022 fourth-round pick weighs in the 290s now, according to Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich. The Jets plan to use Clemons more on the interior this year, particularly on passing downs.

Per Pro Football Focus, Clemons played just 12 of his 311 defensive snaps at defensive tackle last season. He primarily played as a right end in the Jets' sub-package defensive line, but that might change this year.

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Clemons excelled as a run defender in his rookie season, and given the depth the Jets have at defensive end, it makes sense to give Clemons — and perhaps even John Franklin-Myers — more looks on the inside.