Eagles Outlook: Former second-round WR set to become a free agent; should Roseman have interest?
With Eagles training camp just about a week away, the only question remaining this offseason is whether or not GM Howie Roseman will make one final move before the team reports to the NovaCare Complex.
Looking at the current roster, targeting a linebacker or safety would make sense – they’re relatively unproven at both positions. But what about receiver? Outside of AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith, the Eagles are pretty thin at that position.
Even with Quez Watkins and Olamide Zaccheus behind the top two, acquiring a proven wideout for depth purposes wouldn’t be a terrible idea. Now that former second-round pick Denzel Mims is set to become a free agent, he could fit that bill.
Rewind to the 2020 NFL Draft, Eagles fans were clamoring for Mims. The team ended up selecting Jalen Reagor in the first, but since the team quite literally had no one at receiver entering that year, many expected Howie to double dip at WR. At 53rd overall in the second-round, Mims was there for the taking. Howie and Co. passed, opting to go with Jalen Hurts instead – which obviously turned out to be the right decision.
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Mims was taken by the Jets just six picks later. During his three years in New York, Mims fell well short of expectations.
The 25-year-old wideout has averaged just 14 receptions and 225 receiving yards per season, and he has yet to score a touchdown. Nevertheless, giving him a second chance in a WR room where he won’t need to be the No. 1 option would make sense.
At the very least, bringing in Mims for training camp and giving him an opportunity to compete would benefit the team. Who knows if he’s actually any good. I’m not sold he’s a total bust just because he couldn’t produce with Zach Wilson and Sam Darnold throwing him the ball.
If he’s a dud, cut him and move on. But if he does have something left in the tank, the Eagles will have a cheap WR they can rely on in case of any major injuries.
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