Sam Darnold reacts to newest Jets rookie receiver’s skills
The New York Jets have a lot of uncertainty at wide receiver heading into 2020.
Gone is Robby Anderson, who was the club’s No. 1 receiver for each of the last four seasons. The Jets signed Breshad Perriman to replace Anderson, but Perriman is a gamble.
Yes, Jamison Crowder is in tow, but for the most part, New York is full of unknowns at the position.
For that reason, the Jets are in need of production from unlikely sources, and rookie wide out Denzel Mims could be one of those candidates.
Sam Darnold is already impressed with Mims, saying that he is a unique talent:
“He’s a very big dude, big receiver, very fast as well and explosive,” said Darnold, according to Jets writer Dan Leberfeld. “He can get in and out of cuts. So whenever you have a big dude who can get in and out of cuts and he’s fast like that, it’s rare.”
At 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, Mims is certainly a big target. Not only that, but he ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, a very impressive mark for a man his size.
Mims, who played his collegiate football at Baylor, was selected by New York in the second round (59th pick overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft back in April.
He is coming off of a senior campaign in which he hauled in 66 receptions for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns. In four seasons at Baylor overall, Mims amassed 186 catches for 2,925 yards and 28 scores.
The Jets went just 7-9 in 2019 and have not made the playoffs for a decade.