FLORHAM PARK — New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims is healthy this training camp, a year after a series of injuries robbed him of the early part of his rookie season.
But in year two, he’s still had to overcome physical adversity. Not because of something that happened on the football field, but because of something he ate.
Mims said he lost 20 pounds during the spring after eating some bad salmon.
“It took a big toll on me,” Mims said. “And no, I haven’t touched salmon ever since then.”
Mims wasn’t on the field for most of the offseason program because of his bout with food poisoning. He said he went from 217 pounds down to 197. He hasn’t gained all the weight back — he’s now about 208 pounds — but he says he’s feeling good and ready to contribute after a slow start to training camp.
Missing all that time during the offseason program wasn’t ideal for Mims, a 2020 second-round pick who showed promise as a rookie and is hoping to take a big step forward in 2021. The Jets added several new receivers this offseason, including free agents Corey Davis and Keelan Cole and second-round pick Elijah Moore.
So by the time he got back on the field full-time early in training camp, he was playing catch up behind guys who had been working within the new offense throughout the spring.
“Well, it set me back a lot because those guys are out there