New York Jets’ wide receiver Jamison Crowder was downgraded to “doubtful” for Sundays’ match against the Buffalo Bills, prompting the AFC East club to activate rookie wideout Denzel Mims from the injured reserve list — in what would be his professional debut — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting.
#Jets rookie WR Denzel Mims, out since the start of the season with hamstring issues, was activated from IR. A sign he’ll make his debut.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2020
Drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft out of Baylor, Mims’ presence on the field as a potential deep threat would be a welcome development for a team that is not only winless, but in desperate need of a boost on the offensive side of the football, ranking second-to-last in offensive DVOA–according to Pro Football Focus.
Despite lingering hamstring injuries have prevented him from taking the field up until this point, the rookie receiver had been seen as one of the few potential bright spots for the hapless New York franchise, with quarterback Sam Darnold and head coach Adam Gase praising his athleticism and hands.
Though the Jets are optimistic at the prospect of Mims contributing, the loss of Crowder to a groin injury is a significant loss to a passing game already short on weapons. Having paced New York with 14 receptions and a receiving touchdown, Crowder was first listed with the injury on Wednesday, and seems to have only worsened in the intervening two days.
Already dealing with injury concerns to starting quarterback Darnold, the Jets will also have to deal with a potential Bills’ outbreak of COVID-19 after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported tight end Dawson Knox had tested positive. While Buffalo has quarantined three additional players as a preventive measure, the Jets may have to play Sunday, not only hoping for their first win of the season, but looking to avoid losing any more players from a roster already depleted.