Amid the stench of yet another dreadful defeat in falling to 0-7, the Jets got a glimpse of some of their future in Sunday’s 18-10 loss to the Bills at MetLife Stadium.
Rookie receiver Denzel Mims, the second-round draft pick who had been out with a hamstring injury since early in training camp, played his first NFL game, catching four passes for 41 yards — all in the first half.
Rookie running back La’Mical Perine, a fourth-round draft pick, scored his first NFL touchdown, which also happened to be the team’s only touchdown of the game. His 5-yard scoring run in the second quarter gave the Jets a 10-0 lead at the time.
“Amazing feeling,’’ the former Florida Gator said. “Just being in the NFL is a blessing. But being able to score a touchdown in the NFL is even better. It’s a blessing to score my first touchdown. Hopefully, I’ll have many more. I would have loved to have gotten a win today, that would have felt even better.’’
Jets coach Adam Gase, who has been promising to increase Perine’s role, liked what he saw.
“That’s what we were hoping for — give him some opportunities and see if we can get some explosive plays,’’ Gase said. “We’re just trying to get him going as much as possible, put him in best positions possible to where he can keep growing.’’
Perine finished with 11 carries for 39 yards and he caught two passes for 16 yards, but he lamented that he should have produced more yardage.
“I wish I could have got more yards to do a little more for the offense,’’ he said.
Mims, who was elevated to the active roster late in the week, started and made his first NFL reception on the Jets’ first offensive possession, a 5-yard catch on the sixth play.
“I was very excited today,’’ Mims said. “I had a lot of energy. I was very excited to have my first catch. I had a big grin on my face.’’
Mims said the speed of the pro game “was a little faster than what I’m used to in college, but I adjusted quick.’’
“Denzel did some really good things out there for us,’’ quarterback Sam Darnold said. “He’s a big body, fast dude who can go up and make plays, make contested catches. We’re going to continue to use him in ways that provide us opportunities for that.’’
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