Denzel Mims trade request: Panthers called about WR, Jets should make him available, reports say

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule has made the leap from the college ranks to the NFL, and he’s called on several familiar faces to help him out over the past two seasons. Quarterback PJ Walker, wide receiver Robbie Anderson and passer Haason Reddick are a few players coached by Rhule in college who played for the Panthers, and another could be on the way.

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The Panthers have called about New York Jets catcher Denzel Mims, according to The Athletic. Rhule has had his eye on his old college for about a year now, by ESPN. Mims caught 182 passes for 2,901 yards and 28 touchdowns in three seasons at Baylor with Rhule as head coach, which led to him being a Jets second-round pick in 2020. However, Mims’ success at the university did not translate to the next level.

Mims caught just 31 passes for 490 yards and zero touchdowns in 20 games played for the Jets. Thursday, his agent publicly requested a trade or for his release.

“It’s just time,” Ron Slavin said of his client in a statement. “Denzel tried in good faith, but clearly he has no future with the Jets. Denzel vowed to come back better than ever this season and worked extremely hard in the offseason to make it happen. Yet , he had no opportunity with the starting offense to get into a groove with them.

“We believe that at this point a trade is our only option as the Jets have told us repeatedly that they will not release him.”

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Friday he had a good conversation with Mims and made it clear he wasn’t giving up on him just yet.

“I’m not going to say it’s over, but you get in there and fight for all your guys and try to get them where they want to be,” Saleh said, via the New York Daily News. “All individual players, you want them to have success and careers and achieve all of their personal goals.

“I think Denzel had some good OTAs and did a good job in training camp. It’s just about finding his niche and finding his role. He’s frustrated with his role and he’s not there. where he wants to be, but it’s not working”. That doesn’t mean he can’t do it. It just has to keep grinding.

Despite Saleh’s comments, the New York Daily News reports that the Jets are should grant Mims his request for a change of scenery, though they don’t plan to part ways with him until Tuesday’s deadline.

Although Mims hasn’t enjoyed success in the NFL thus far, he’s just 24 and a big target at 6-foot-3 and 207 pounds. The Panthers’ wide receiver depth chart includes DJ Moore, Anderson, Rashard Higgins, Terrace Marshall Jr. and Shi Smith, but given Rhule’s familiarity with Mims, Carolina might be the likeliest landing spot for the young broad. For other potential business partners, see Tyler Sullivan’s article, here.

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