Joe Douglas‘ first two draft picks are showing a ton of promise, while a pair of his free agent offensive line pickups are red-hot.
Denzel Mims puts himself in great company
Mims caught 4-of-8 targets for 62 yards and three first downs in another solid performance to begin his Jets career. Although he has not necessarily been amazing so far, his production through three games still puts him in some highly promising company.
With 146 receiving yards through three games, Mims is the first Jet to post at least 140 receiving yards over his first three career games since Keyshawn Johnson (162 yards) back in 1996. Mims is also the first Jet since Johnson to rack up at least 40 receiving yards in each of his first three career games.
Since 2010, Mims is one of only five second-round wide receivers with at least 10 catches and 140 yards on 8.0-plus yards per target through his first three career games, joining Allen Robinson, Michael Thomas, Sterling Shepard, and Deebo Samuel.
Mims ranks seventh among rookies this season with 48.7 receiving yards per game. As the 13th wide receiver to go off the board in the 2020 Draft, it would be a big win for Joe Douglas if Mims can maintain that ranking throughout his career.
The most impressive aspect of Mims’ performance against the Broncos was his after-the-catch production. Mims picked up 28 yards after catch over his four receptions for a solid average of 7.0 YAC per reception, a massive improvement over his average of 2.5 over the first two games.
At Baylor, YAC was not a huge part of Mims’ game. He showed a lot of flashes in that area, but the Bears did not feed him a lot of open-field touches, hurting his YAC average. Here in the NFL, we have seen him show some exciting juice with the ball in his hands over his limited amount of time in a Jets uniform, which is promising to see. If he can add consistent YAC ability to his toolbox, his ceiling will rise to a seemingly limitless level.
Breshad Perriman busts out
Perriman finally had a productive performance, grabbing 5-of-7 targets for 101 yards, two touchdowns, and three more first downs. Major step forward for Perriman after averaging 29.5 yards and 1.5 first downs with zero touchdowns over his first five games.