Denzel Mims opens up on Jets' quarterback future with Sam Darnold, Deshaun Watson among potential options

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Denzel Mims catches pass Patriots
Denzel Mims catches pass Patriots

Denzel Mims believes he and Sam Darnold could have a bright future together with the Jets.

But if the Jets end up trading for Deshaun Watson, he'd be pretty happy about that, too.

"Yeah, of course," Mims told SNY on Wednesday afternoon. "When you've got a top-five guy in the league as a quarterback, you want to play with those guys.

"But I trust (Jets GM) Joe Douglas. They're going to do the right thing, do what's best for the team. Whoever I have, I'll be thankful for it."

Mims, speaking from the Super Bowl's "Virtual Radio Row" while doing work with Panini America, made it clear that he believes he built a strong relationship with Darnold during their first season together, even though injuries to both of them limited them to just seven games on the field at the same time. The reality is it's more likely than not that Darnold will be the quarterback in New York when the 2021 season begins.

And Mims is more than OK with that.

"I think Sam is a great quarterback," he said. "I think he's the type of guy you want on your team. He loves to be coached. He loves the game of football. He's a leader. He wants to win. He's going to try to do everything he can. He helps others. He helped me out a lot."

Mims had only 16 catches for 224 yards in his seven games playing with Darnold, which included just four catches for 33 yards over the final three games. Still, he saw enough there to believe they could be a dymanic duo if they are given more time.

"Yeah, I felt like we were building a relationship," he said. "I felt like he took a little time for us to actually get in a game. But we clicked right away."

Of course, he could click with Watson too, if the Jets make what would be one of the biggest and boldest trades in their history. The price for Watson could be unreasonably high. But as far as Mims is concerned, there is no price too high to pay for the right franchise quarterback.

"Yeah, I believe so," he said. "If they see that a particular guy can come in and be that piece that we’re missing, I'm all for it."

Mims was at the Super Bowl signing trading cards of himself produced by Panini America, whom he said is "trying to help me build my brand and get more exposure."

He called it exciting to see himself on an NFL trading card.

"You dream about it when you're young," Mims said. "It became a reality."