At this stage in the game, the Chicago Bears should be very worried about their receiving core. Second-year quarterback Justin Fields has seen a couple of his wideouts get banged up, and the group was already thin.
Veterans David Moore, Byron Pringle and N’Keal Harry will miss extended time due to injury and as of right now, it’s looking like Darnell Mooney, Equanimeous St. Brown and Velus Jones Jr. as the top three guys. But, beyond those three, it is slim pickings between Dazz Newsome, Dante Pettis, Tajae Sharpe and a few others.
The Bears already tried trading for Harry, before his injury, and the deal looked great on paper. Only giving up a seventh rounder seemed like a no-brainer for a former first-round kid.
But now, it might be time for the Bears to look East once again and try to land another former big name collegiate receiver: Denzel Mims of the New York Jets.
New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims would be another perfect trade target for the Chicago Bears.
As a second rounder back in 2020, Mims came to the Jets as someone who could make tough catches and possibly be a big, outside presence. However, through two seasons, Mims has caught just 31 passes for 490 yards and zero touchdowns.
To say he’s been a bust would be putting it lightly, but Mims is still out to prove that he belongs.
“This offseason I worked like crazy to get ready for this season. I feel like I’ve grown in each area as a receiver, worked my tail off catching everything I can and becoming the best receiver I can, and even with my health, eating all the right things. I’m just trying to do everything right.” (NYJ official website)
So, why would the Bears trade for a guy like Mims, who is just another young guy trying to reclaim his career?
Because he can still do this:
Look, Mims is a bigger guy at 6-foot-3 and if he’s truly undergone the most rigorous and strict offseason of his career thus far, maybe he’s onto something. But, it’s probably not going to be in New York.
The Jets drafted Garrett Wilson in the first round of this year’s draft, and already had Elijah Moore in the fold from the 2021 class. New York paid up for Corey Davis, too, and also re-signed Braxton Berrios.
Mims’ time with the Jets seems as though it’s a ticking time bomb. He very well could be a casualty of veteran cuts later this month.
Or, maybe the Jets try and trade him to a team like the Bears, who are desperate at the position. For a late-round conditional pick, Mims would be well-worth the gamble. He is still just 24 years old with plenty of football in front of him, if he wants it bad enough.
Getting Fields another big-bodied weapon on the outside couldn’t hurt, and for an inexpensive price, general manager Ryan Poles should be looking hard at Mims.