Jets' Robert Saleh 'pumped' for Denzel Mims in Week 3, but Jamison Crowder could stand in way

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Denzel Mims white jersey looking ball into hands in 2020
Denzel Mims white jersey looking ball into hands in 2020

In an already-crowded wide receiver room that saw Keelan Cole's return in Week 2, Denzel Mims was inactive.

Robert Saleh called him a "game-time decision" for this week in Denver, but spoke highly of the 2020 second-round pick.

"I’m pumped for Denzel and the week he’s had," he told reporters on Friday. "Obviously, he’s growing just like the rest of the team is. So we’ll see on Sunday."

In fact, according to Mike Garofolo of the NFL Network, the Jets have actually "they’ve turned away trade inquiries" for Mims.

However, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano notes that there haven't been any serious offers, but rather, teams trying to see if the Jets will sell Mims at a low cost.

In his lone target in Week 1, Mims made a 40-yard reception. Last year, he caught 23 passes for 357 yards in nine games -- he's still looking for his first touchdown as a pro.

The Jets drafted Elijah Moore in the second round in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he was just targeted eight times against New England. Already limited, Mims' role could take another dip if Jamison Crowder plays.

Crowder is listed as doubtful with a nagging groin injury that caused him to miss last week's game, but Saleh did call him a game-time decision on Friday. And if he does play on Sunday, Saleh is confident Crowder would fit into the offense quite easily.

"From a schematic standpoint, he knows the scheme like the back of his hand," Saleh said on Friday. "He executed it in Washington, he’s been here long enough, he’s a veteran, so he’ll be fine. When he’s ready to roll, he’ll be able to jump right in," Saleh said on Friday.

Crowder has led the Jets in catches and receiving yards in each of the last two seasons.