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NFL: Jets WR Denzel Mims lost 20 pounds due to food poisoning

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New York Jets second-year wide receiver Denzel Mims revealed Wednesday that he missed organized team activities last spring while recovering from a particularly bad case of food poisoning.

Mims said he lost 20 pounds during the ordeal, dropping from 217 pounds to 197, and has only since recovered to 208. The illness stemmed from a bad plate of salmon, and ESPN reported that the food was served at the Jets’ cafeteria.

“I haven’t touched salmon ever since then,” Mims said.

The Jets selected Mims out of Baylor in the second round of the 2020 draft. At 6-feet-3 with a 4.38 40-yard dash time, he appeared to be an ideal prospect at the position. Two hamstring injuries delayed his rookie debut, but he ended up playing nine games in 2020 and caught 23 passes for 357 yards for the woeful, 2-14 Jets.

New York has since splurged at the position, signing free agents Corey Davis and Keelan Cole, and drafting Elijah Moore in the second round of the 2021 draft. Reporters have said Mims has not gotten off to a fast start at training camp, though some of that could owe to lingering effects from the food poisoning.

But Jets coach Robert Saleh said they would “absolutely not” consider giving up on Mims.

“He’s working his tail off, and the harder he works, the more he puts in, the more opportunities he’s going to get,” Saleh told the media. “He’s part of the rotation.”

–Field Level Media

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