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NY Jets place WR Denzel Mims on COVID-19 list, sign S Elijah Riley

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The New York Jets’ busy transaction Tuesday included Denzel Mims heading to the Reserve/COVID-19 list

New York Jets‘ second-year wideout Denzel Mims will be making his way to the reserve/COVID-19 list, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday.

The move comes as just another bump in the road for the former Baylor Bear currently working through a rough sophomore season.

Mims could still potentially suit up on Sunday when the Jets take on the Buffalo Bills at home.

The good news is that he’s vaccinated, which allows him to avoid the 10-day minimum downtime. He will need to be asymptomatic with two negative tests, 24 hours apart to clear the NFL’s protocol for vaccinated players.

The young receiver has already dealt with several non-injury-related illnesses in 2021. Most notably, Mims was seen slipping down the depth chart throughout training camp. Ahead of a much anticipated season, fans began to wonder what could be causing him to lose snaps to the likes of Jeff Smith and Braxton Berrios.

Mims battled significant food poisoning in the off-season, stifling his transition into the new regime. Some bad salmon derailed his camp before he worked his way back into condition and fought to get out of the second-team offense.

It is safe to say this year has been far less than ideal. Mims flashed great potential, YAC-ability, and contested-catch prowess in a grim 2020 offense piloted by former head coach Adam Gase and former quarterback Sam Darnold. Fans were excited to see him take on a more involved role heading into the season.

Despite some healthy scratches and minimal snaps, Mims played more than half of the snaps over the past two games as wide receiver Corey Davis sat out a hip injury; however, he didn’t have much to show for the large bump in opportunities.

Over the Cincinnati and Indianapolis games, Mims posted just three receptions on eight targets (37.5%) for 50 yards. He also dropped a touchdown pass from quarterback Mike White against Cincinnati, which would’ve been his first as a professional.

Time will tell if Mims clears COVID-19 protocol to play this week, but the young receiver will look to find some success down the stretch.

The fans will surely be rooting for him.

Elijah Riley signed, Marcus Maye and Tyler Kroft to IR

In addition to the Denzel Mims report, the Jets announced the signing of safety Elijah Riley and IR designations of Marcus Maye and Tyler Kroft.

Riley, 23, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2020. The Army product and Port Jefferson, NY native will now look to fill a considerable void at safety.

Marcus Maye’s season is officially over. On Tuesday, the Jets announced Maye’s IR designation after he tore his achilles on Thursday night in the team’s disappointing 45-30 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Tyler Kroft joins Maye, as the oft-injured tight end injured his chest on a nice-looking grab against the Colts.

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