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The New York Jets saw several players return to practice Wednesday. This includes rookies Bryce Hall and Denzel Mims.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ—The band is back together (for the first time), much to the delight of head coach Adam Gase.

On Wednesday, the New York Jets saw several players return to practice. Two of these returnees include rookies Bryce Hall and Denzel Mims.


Hall, 22, was drafted in the fifth round of the virtual 2020 NFL draft out of Virginia. Suffering a serious leg injury in college, the kid wasn’t quite ready to take the field until now.

Considering the current state of the cornerbacks, Gregg Williams has to be thrilled to see the kid in action. Having options at the position is key at this stage of the game.

Interestingly, Mims also returned, but he did so in first-team style. In the team’s initial team sessions that last for a quick series, before they break out into positionals, Mims started opposite Breshad Perriman.

Prior to Wednesday’s practice, Adam Gase told the media that both Sam Darnold and Mekhi Becton would also participate on a limited basis. How Darnold feels Thursday morning will greatly determine if he’ll suit up against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.

“Right now, I would just say all (Darnold) options are available,” Gase told the media before practice. “We’ll have him on a pitch count. I think really the biggest thing is going to be how’s he going to feel tomorrow. We just want to make sure, if there’s anything that really lingers or anything when he’s throwing, that’s kind of his red flag of, “Hey, I’ve got to let you guys know.”

Darnold, along with the previously-mentioned Mims, also took the first-team reps in the team’s initial team session.

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Darnold targeted Mims at least twice on the series. The first ball was severely underthrown, but Darnold’s second ball—a fade to Mims—was placed perfectly. Mims, looking to catch it on his outside shoulder near the sideline, dropped the ball.

The integration process should take some time. At least the team has a chance to have their top-three receivers available for a game. And, at the very least, Gase thinks there’s a chance.

“I think we’ve got a chance,” Gase said in regards to having his top-three receivers available. “I think we’ve got a chance. Mims had a great week of practice last week with the scout team stuff that we had him doing. This week we’ll get him involved in the normal offensive practice and as long as we don’t have any setbacks and nothing happens injury-wise.”

The man who seemed most limited was the team’s most valuable player, Mekhi Becton. Becton looked on during positionals (for the most part) as his teammates plowed through.

Alex Lewis represents the lone player to not practice Wednesday.


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