Mekhi Becton seemed to be speaking for the Jets’ fan base when he tweeted, "UNLEASH MIMS!!!!" during the Jets’ loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
Denzel Mims’ lack of playing time, especially with the Jets’ offense struggling the way it is, has been puzzling and a major storyline. But Robert Saleh didn’t seem bothered by Becton, the Jets injured left tackle, tweeting what he did.
"Mekhi’s heart is always in the right place," Saleh said. "He’s got a great relationship with Mimsy as we all do. Mimsy did a really nice job in the game. He’s done a really nice job the last couple of weeks."
Mims, a second-round pick last year, played just eight snaps on Sunday. He caught two passes for 33 yards, upping his production this year to three receptions for 73 yards in 21 snaps.
Saleh was asked if there was anything to "rectify" regarding Mims during the bye week and if the Jets will try to find ways to utilize him more. Saleh said there’s nothing to rectify and that Mims just needs to carve out a spot for himself in the receiver rotation."The relationship is good," Saleh said. "We love Mims. He’s a tremendous character kid. He’s been working his tail off. He is earning his reps. He’ll continue to do so. As he continues to do so he’ll get more opportunities."
Linebacker Jarrad Davis is nearing a return from injured reserve, and when he’s all the way back he likely will regain his starting spot next to C.J. Mosley. That would mean Quincy Williams, who has played well the last couple of weeks, would play much less.
Davis, the first player the Jets’ reached an agreement with in free agency, hurt his ankle in August. It’s possible he could return after the bye.
"Jarrad Davis is a phenomenal football player," Saleh said. "When he’s healthy, he is a starter in this league. He’s a first-round pick. … Not to push him into the starting lineup, but when he’s ready to go and he’s full speed he’s going to get full game reps.
Saleh said he’s "hopeful" Davis and Marcus Maye (ankle) will be back to face New England on Oct. 24.
After watching the tape, Saleh still doesn’t agree with the roughing-the-passer penalty on Williams. … The Jets gave up touchdown passes to tight ends Sunday with defensive ends in coverage. Saleh said on the first one, the Jets were selling out for the run down near the goal line. On the second, Saleh said the Jets were in zone pressure, which they’ve done before. "It's the first time anyone has noticed D-ends in coverage," he saidl When it works, you're a genius. When it doesn't, you're an idiot."