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NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter graded one rookie from each of the 16 preseason games last weekend, and Broncos’ rookie wide receiver Marvin Mims, Jr. fared quite well in his assessment.
As one of only three graded rookies to get in the A range, Mims joined Chargers receiver Quentin Johnson and Vikings’ safety Jay Ward in receiving an A- for performances in the preseason finale games last weekend.
Calling the Broncos’ shutout win over the Rams a “shellacking,” Reuter said Mims “looked the part of a starter.”
“His reliable hands were on display on the first drive when snagging a throw behind him on a misdirection play.
Reuter noted the wideout’s performance on special teams too and added that the rook really only had one mistake.
“The Mims Show continued on a 19-yard punt return where he hesitated to avoid two would-be tacklers. ...Mims’ only negative for the night was jumping before the snap on a third down to earn a false start penalty.”
But it was Mims’ toughness in addition to his talent that really seemed to impress Reuter.
“The highlight, though, was the first play of the second drive. Mims ran by his man, adjusted to an underthrown ball while fighting off contact, and hauled in a 50-yard completion from Jarrett Stidham. He even sustained as a blocker in the contest despite possessing a slight build (5-11, 182).”
Although Mims initially scored a touchdown on the play, officials ruled he was down. But that didn’t stop his teammates from mobbing him on the sideline.
“It felt amazing. The receivers have been really good to me coming in, especially since the first day,” Mims said. “Just helping me out, teaching me little things and just teaching me what it’s like to be in the NFL, so I’m really appreciative of all those guys.”
Marvin Mims can be a deep ball weapon for Russell Wilson right away https://t.co/NIaNDUJBtt— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) August 28, 2023
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