Matt Rhule sings praises of former player, rookie receiver Denzel Mims
The New York Jets were able to make a splash in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the addition of Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims. Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule is confident that they may have gotten quite a steal on their hands.
Rhule helped turn Mims into one of the best receivers in college football. According to Al Iannazzone of Newsday, he shared some high praise for his former player:
“He’s a clutch player,” Rhule told Newsday. “He’s someone who goes out there and when it really counts makes big plays.”
Rhule added that Mims still has plenty of room to grow coming into the league with the Jets:
“His best football is still ahead of him and the greatest thing about him is he’s a guy that wants to learn,” said Rhule. “He’s not one of those guys who thinks he has it all figured out. He wants to get better. He wants to improve. He’s driven to be good.
Rhule had utilized Mims as the No. 1 option in Baylor’s passing game as he finished his senior year with 66 receptions for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Jets are hoping that his blend of size and speed will transition well to the next level as a safety net for quarterback Sam Darnold on the outside.
Of course, Mims’ most defining trait may very well be his clutch gene. His affinity for making big plays when the team needs it most could provide just kind of spark this Jets offense needs.
Mims will have an opportunity to etch out an immediate role for this thin receiving corps in New York. His first order of business will be building his rapport with Darnold ahead of the 2020 NFL season.