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Marvin Mims

Second-year receiver looking to do more

Troy Franklin played at Oregon with Bo Nix. That has led some to believe the rookie might be a sleeper receiver. But the Broncos drafted a pretty similar receiver late in the second round last year – Marvin Mims – and I would think it’s about as likely that Mims will be the team’s best deep threat.

They’re similar kinds of wide receivers – smaller, deep-threat guys. Franklin averaged 17.1 yards per catch last year at Oregon, with 14 touchdowns. Mims averaged 20.1 yards per reception his final season at Oklahoma, but with only 6 TDs.

Mims is a little faster; he ran 4.38 at the combine – 3 hundredths fast than Franklin, and he jumped 5 inches farther. Franklin is 3 inches taller, while Mims is 7 pounds heavier (at the combine, he measured 5-11 and 183).

The key difference, I think, could be that Mims has been around for a year. Per the team’s website, Mims had the best play at Thursday’s practice, catching a long ball from Jarrett Stidham.

“Coming into Year Two, knowing what to expect, knowing the routes, knowing what I have to do as a receiver, I feel like this is starting to go a lot smoother for me, especially mentally,” Mims says.

Sean Payton says he’s expecting Mims to take a step forward.

Mims was a modest player as a rookie, catching only 22 passes. But those receptions at least averaged 17.1 yards. He had 60- and 53-yard catches against Washington and later had receptions of 48 and 47 yards. He also scored a 99-yard touchdown on a kickoff return and had a 52-yard punt return.

Only two players last year (and I’m not making his up) had more receptions over 45 yards – Tyreek Hill and Amari Cooper. (And Mims actually pulls even with Cooper when you toss in the kick returns.)

If I were using a late-round pick on a secondary Denver receiver, I would pick Mims rather than Franklin.

PLAYERS WITH 3 CATCHES OVER 45 YARDS
PlayerTmNo
Tyreek HillMia.7
Amari CooperCle.6
Marvin MimsDen.4
Nico CollinsHou.4
Deebo SamuelS.F.3
Ja'Marr ChaseCin.3
Mike EvansT.B.3
Josh PalmerLAC3
CeeDee LambDall.3
Tre TuckerL.V.3
Zay FlowersBalt.3
Rashid ShaheedN.O.3
DK MetcalfSea.3
George PickensPitt.3

—Ian Allan

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