Denzel Mims aiming for starting job with Jets: 'I put in enough work to be there'

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After a promising rookie season, Denzel Mims was arguably the biggest disappointment on the Jets roster in 2021, as injuries, illness, and frustrating penalties derailed his sophomore campaign and brought in serious questions about his future with the franchise.

But as Mims hears high praise during Jets training camp, he is making it clear that his goal for the season is to get himself back into the starting receiving core for Gang Green, which already expects to be improved this season with promising rookie Garrett Wilson joining Corey Davis and Elijah Moore.

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“Hopefully I see myself on top,” Mims said. “I feel like I put in enough work to be there. but that’s the coach’s decision. I’m gonna continue to work my tail off and do everything I can.

“Starting receiver. That’s my goal. That’s my only goal.”

Mims made just eight catches for 133 yards last season, while some puzzling false start penalties derailed New York drives. This offseason, Mims is committing to getting back to where he was as a rookie, when the second-round pick showed true promise as a potential contributor to a starting receiving core.

“Last year with the sickness, I wasn't able to get back to where I used to be,” Mims said. “This offseason I worked like crazy to get ready for this season. I feel like I've grown in each area as a receiver, worked my tail off catching everything I can and becoming the best receiver I can, and even with my health, eating all the right things. I'm just trying to do everything right.”

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