Robert Saleh says Jets WR Denzel Mims is ‘grabbing bull by the horns’

Denzel Mims black with fans smiling 2021
Denzel Mims black with fans smiling 2021

Denzel Mims was inactive for the first six weeks of his third season in the NFL. But after playing in the last two games, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he has seen a new attitude in the last few weeks from the young wide receiver who requested a trade during training camp.

“His attitude’s been awesome,” Saleh said Friday morning during his media availability. “Feel like three weeks ago it just kinda, something flipped, and from just his daily approach from coachability, all of it has just really amplified for him.

“And he’s really taken the bull by the horns and really showing a lot of maturity – not that he wasn’t mature before – really like where he is mentally, like his mindset, so hopefully he continues to grow.”

Mims, a second-round pick in 2020, has three receptions on five targets for 80 yards this season, including a 63-yard catch against the New England Patriots.

And while there was a flash of brilliance on that big play, Mims said Friday he does feel a big breakout game is coming if he keeps working for it.

“If I keep preparing myself… it’s bound to happen,” he said. “I just gotta keep my head down, keep studying, keep staying in the playbook, and just keep grinding. It will come.”

With the injury to Corey Davis that will keep him sidelined for Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, Saleh expects Mims to get more chances to make big plays.

“The sad part of injuries is you’re not playing and the good part is it gives somebody the chance to step up,” Saleh said. “[Mims] has a chance. All you can ask for is to have the door open just a crack and then it's the individual’s job to blow it open.

“He did a nice job last week, and he has another opportunity to do it again this week.”

Mims added he is excited about the chance to grasp this opportunity.

"I wanted to just go out there and show what I can do, feels good to be out there,” he said. “I got the opportunity to go out there and show it. I'm excited.”