The New Orleans Saints have a strong need at wide receiver while the New York Jets have more than they know what to do with. Recently, the Jets demoted Denzel Mims to the third-team at training camp and this is where the Saints need to swoop in.
Mims, a second-round pick just a year ago out of Baylor, didn’t have the kind of season the Jets were hoping for after spending a high draft pick on him. He missed time due to injury and finished his rookie year with 23 receptions for 357 yards through nine games, eight of which were starts.
Even with Mims not producing to the level of where he was drafted, this is a guy who is just two years removed from grabbing 66 receptions for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns at Baylor. There’s a reason he went in the second round and if the Jets aren’t going to give him a fair shake, the Saints absolutely should explore a trade for him.
Maybe the Jets laugh at the Saints for thinking they’d give up on their second-round pick so soon but you never know until you try. The Jets demoting Mims to third-team is telling as to what they think of him. He wouldn’t be third-string for the Saints, that’s for sure.
The NOLA Saints need to inquire about Denzel Mims.
Right now, the Saints are in a situation where they’re relying on Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway to get it done on offense, something that Smith feels is possible. Despite Smith’s feelings, he’s yet to prove he can fill in as a WR1, and Callaway is entering just his second season after going undrafted a year ago. Asking them to fill in while Michael Thomas is out is a tall task.
The Jets have the opposite problem that New Orleans is experiencing. They have a plethora of wide receivers ranging from Jamison Crowder to Elijah Moore to Corey Davis to Braxton Berrios, not to mention Mims. They’re in a position where they could set themselves up to succeed further by trading one of their receivers in exchange for draft picks.
Mims might not have had the rookie season the Jets were hoping for but the fact of the matter is that he’s only going into year two after being a second-round pick last year. The Jets probably aren’t going to give up on him just yet but demoting him is a sign that they might not see a future with him in Jets green.
The Saints need to at least reach out and see if there’s any chance of the Jets dealing him because if there is, Mims could be an immediate contributor in this offense and have a chance to change the course of his career.