The Jets aren’t the only ones looking for second-year receiver Denzel Mims to make a leap in 2021.
Former NFL wideout and current NFL Network broadcaster Nate Burleson ranked Mims as one of his breakout receivers for this season after Mim’s flashy rookie season.
“This guy had plays that we can look at and be like, ‘You know what, he’s going to be quite the talent,’” Burleson said. “Five of his 23 catches went for 25 yards or more.”
Burleson referenced Mim’s 15.5 yards per reception in the worst offense in the league as a benchmark for his potential success in a better system.
Mims had an up-and-down rookie season, battling a few injuries and a lack of talent in Adam Gase’s putrid offense. He finished with 23 receptions for 357 yards but didn’t haul in any touchdowns in 2020.
He has a much better chance to elevate his game this season, though, after the Jets added some nice complementary receivers, new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, and rookie gunslinger Zach Wilson. Mims won’t be the Jets’ No. 1 receiving option, but he’ll be a top target for Wilson along with Jamison Crowder, Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Keelan Cole and tight end Chris Herndon.
LaFleur thinks Mims will be a perfect receiver in his offense and even compared him to Brooklyn Nets’ star Kevin Durant – not because of his basketball ability, but because of his wingspan.
“He’s got tons of range as long as that ball’s anywhere around him. I think for him it’s just going to be that transition to the NFL,” LaFleur said of Mims, per the team website. “I’m excited to work with him. He’s eager. He’s a really cool dude to work with. But he’s just going to have to get out there and again, it’s just going to be reps and just going and understanding the speed of the game.”