Denzel Mims Returns to Practice
Mims was away from the team last week for personal reasons, but he returned to the Jets’ practice facility on Monday. The Jets’ offense was a disaster in Week 14 without Mims, mustering just three points against a Seahawks’ defense that has been exploited for most of the season. They finished with just 185 yards of total offense, and quarterback Sam Darnold racked up just 132 passing yards on 26 attempts.
The Jets haven’t given their fans much to be excited about this season, but Mims stands out as one of the few exceptions. His raw statistics haven’t been great, but that has been a byproduct of the quarterback play in New York. He leads the team in both air yards and targets in the four games he’s played with both Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman, so he has the potential for some big performances if the Jets can eventually move the ball through the air.
That doesn’t seem likely to happen in 2020, but the Jets are a lock to have a new signal-caller next season. There’s a good possibility that they won’t win a single game this season, which puts them in pole position to secure the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. That means they’ll have a shot at Trevor Lawrence assuming that he declares at the end of the college season. Even if Lawrence goes back to school – and no one would blame him for wanting to avoid the Jets – New York would still have their choice of quarterbacks at the top of the draft. Despite the uncertainty, Lawrence is still listed as a massive -750 favorite to be the first selection of the 2021 draft.