October 6, 2022

Denzel Mims says decision for trade request was between him and his agent

The big game Denzel Mims had against the Giants on Sunday could be his last as a member of the Jets. (John Munson/AP)

In possibly his final game in a Jets uniform, Denzel Mims might have saved his best for last.

Mims recorded seven catches for 102 yards in Gang Green’s 31-27 victory over the Giants.

On Wednesday, Mims’ agent Ron Slavin publicly requested the Jets either trade or release his client, stating, “It’s just time.” After Sunday’s game, Mims spoke to the media for the first time since the request, saying that was a decision between him and his agent.

“I can just control what I can control,” Mims said. “I just need to come out every day do my part, come to work every day and come grinding.”

Mims has fallen down the Jets’ depth chart as he has dealt with illnesses, injuries and inconsistent play during his two seasons in New York. In two years with the Jets, the 24-year-old has caught 31 passes for 490 yards and zero touchdowns.

This summer, Mims performed better throughout training camp and the preseason. However, that hasn’t stopped the Jets from fielding calls for Mims as they’re expected to grant his request.

Mims believes his performance against the Giants is something he can do regularly, whether it’s with the Jets or another team.

“I feel like I’m better,” Mims said. “I always been this way, but today I got the chance to show it. I had a sickness last year, so I didn’t come back the way I wanted to.

“This year, I had a full offseason, no sickness, no injuries, so I feel good coming into this year. My first year, I had COVID, then last year, I had a sickness, so it is just about everything going right for once.”