FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Frustrated with his lack of opportunities, New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims — a 2020 second-round pick — informed the team Thursday that he wants to be traded, his agent said in a statement.
This had been building for weeks. Mims’ agent, Ron Slavin, met with General Manager Joe Douglas on Aug. 6 to express his concerns. Mims has also shared strong feelings with coach Robert Saleh during private meetings at training camp, sources said.
“It’s just time,” Slavin said. “Denzel has tried in good faith but it is clear he has no future with the Jets. Denzel has promised to come back better than ever this season and he has worked extremely hard in the off-season to make that possible. to work with the incipient attack and get into a groove with them.
“We believe that a trade is our only option at this point as the Jets have repeatedly told us they will not release it. Joe Douglas has always done Denzel well and we trust that he will do everything in his power to to find him a new home where he can contribute.”
It was a rocky run with the Jets.
After showing promise as a rookie under the previous coaching staff (23 catches for 357 yards in nine games), Mims is sitting on the bench. He has battled illness and injury, but he has also not been embraced by the current staff, who wanted him to improve his grip on the playbook.
He played just 11 games last season, finishing with just eight catches for 133 yards. He has yet to score an NFL touchdown. The Jets said he came to training camp with renewed commitment, but he has been relegated to the second and third teams.
In the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, Mims was the seventh receiver to enter the game. He is tied for the team leader in receptions for the season (five catches for 68 yards), but he also has a drop and a pre-snap penalty.
Recently, Mims made it clear that he deserves a starting position, saying: “I show it every day, so it’s up to them whether they want to play against me or not. But I show what I can every day. to keep doing it.”
Saleh recently said that Mims is “a lot further than a year ago,” but he’s no better than sixth on the depth chart. In front of him are Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, rookie Garrett Wilson, Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith, a strong player of special teams.
Since drafting Mims, a major player at Baylor, the Jets have used a first-round pick on Wilson and a second-round pick on Moore – strong indications that Mims is not in their long-term future. Teams have expressed interest in Mims over the past year, sources said, but the Jets have never expressed a willingness to trade him. Perhaps that will now change.