Rams Not Among Best Fits for Jets WR Facing Trade or Cut

Denzel Mims

Getty Denzel Mims before facing the Rams on December 20, 2020 in Inglewood.

A wide receiver with 4.38 speed could soon be available for teams to trade for or sign via waivers — a wideout the Los Angeles Rams don’t need to pressure themselves to get.

In fact, while Denzel Mims of the New York Jets does share a connection with new Rams offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and has the speed for Sean McVay and his offense, his best fit may be elsewhere.

Denzel Mims’ Situation & Rams Current WR Room

First reported by the New York Post’s Brian Costello on Wednesday, July 19, the Jets are attempting to find a late trade partner for the disgruntled Mims. But if there’s no trade, Mims will be waived and can be picked up by any team once available.

This is in the process of putting an end to what became a turbulent Jets tenure for the 2020 second-round selection out of Baylor. While Mims showed flashes of potential with New York, he never established a consistent role with the current Jets regime — including the time spent with LaFleur as his offensive coordinator.

Mims was originally drafted to ignite a Jets offense led by former head coach Adam Gase. His 4.38 40-yard dash speed clocked before the 2020 draft helped get his name high on NFL draft boards, particularly the Gase-led Jets. Injuries, however, limited him to just 23 catches for 357 yards and no touchdowns.

He then struggled to gain any footing with Robert Saleh and his staff, catching a combined 19 passes in 2021 and 2022 with the Jets. Again with zero trips to the end zone.

Back on June 22, Mims was mentioned as a player “worth monitoring” on the Rams’ side by SB Nation NFL analyst Evan Craig. He cited the LaFleur connection as one reason. But, as mentioned by Jets insider Zach Rosenblatt of The Athletic on July 19, Mims and LaFleur “never meshed.”

Rosenblatt added: “LaFleur and the Jets coaching staff never viewed Mims as a good fit in their offense and, in the early days, there were questions about his work ethic. Mims lacked positional versatility at receiver too, and it didn’t help when he missed a chunk of time in 2021 due to food poisoning. He only had eight catches that season.”

When the Rams trek to Orange County during the week of July 24, the franchise isn’t just welcoming back a healthier Cooper Kupp. They’ll also have past Super Bowl winners Tyler Johnson and Demarcus Robinson. Additionally, there’s been intrigue for rookie Puka Nacua, as the BYU Cougar was one of the top performers during June 2023 minicamp in Thousand Oaks. The Rams additionally still have Van Jefferson and Tutu Atwell — two other members of their Super Bowl 56 title run.

Even with LaFleur in place in L.A., the Rams are being suggested to now roll with who they have already have in the WR room. Adding Mims wouldn’t even guarantee that he’d be a No. 4 option with the past Super Bowl winners now on board and preparing for their first Rams camp.

Which Teams Could Denzel Mims Fit With?

While Heavy NFL senior reporter Matt Lombardo has his list of potential options for Mims, he learned two AFC teams are rising as trade contenders: The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.

But outside of the two emerging trade possibilities, Lombardo highlighted a Super Bowl contender to watch for Mims — the defending conference champion Philadelphia Eagles.

“While the Philadelphia Eagles boast one of the most electrifying receiver duos in the sport, in A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, depth could prove to be a concern for the reigning NFC Champions,” Lombardo wrote. “Not only would Mims push Quez Watkins for the starting slot receiver role, but he would be a potentially significant upgrade over the likes of Olamide Zaccheaus, Devon Allen, and Tyrie Cleveland. The Eagles’ depth receivers have combined to catch only 42 passes for 561 yards and 5 touchdowns in their careers.”

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