Denzel Mims has been waiting for his opportunity with the Jets, and he might finally get one Sunday in Denver.
Head coach Robert Saleh said the underused receiver will be active for the first time this season against the Broncos, replacing fellow receiver Elijah Moore, who requested a trade on Thursday and will not play in the game.
Mims also requested a trade in August, but the Jets did not accept the third-year wide receiver’s request. Instead, they gave him a healthy zero for their first six games. Both Mims and Moore have been unhappy with their lack of offensive involvement during their careers with the Jets.
“He comes and works. He does his job,” Saleh said of Mims ahead of practice on Friday. “He’s leading the scout team, he’s getting extra reps with the team, so he’s ready to play. He’s prepared to play and he’s going to take his opportunity.
The amount of opportunities Mims will have this week remains unclear. Saleh wouldn’t commit to him being in the starting lineup. Corey Davis, Garrett Wilson, Braxton Berrios and likely Jeff Smith remain ahead of Mims on the depth chart.
Mims, who declined to speak to the media Friday, had just eight receptions for 133 yards in 11 games last season.
Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has been limited to practice this week due to a hamstring issue. It’s expected to be a game-time decision, but Saleh said he “fully expects” Wilson to play.
“Ultimate competitor,” Saleh said. “There’s no way he’s letting go of what hurts him [to keep him out]. It must be broken enough not to play. So I expect him to play.
DE Jermaine Johnson (ankle) remains out for the Jets and S Ashtyn Davis (hamstring) will be a game-time decision, according to Saleh.
The Jets welcomed 12-year-old NFL veteran DT Linval Joseph, who played for the Giants from 2010 to 2013, during a visit Friday. He played 14 games with the Chargers last season.
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