Because the Jets get nearer to coaching camp, I’m inspecting the roster and providing you with my prime 25 gamers. Every weekday, we are going to reveal one other particular person on the checklist, main proper into camp. I’m not together with rookies on this checklist as a result of I don’t really feel it’s doable to completely consider them earlier than they play a recreation.
No. 15: Chris Herndon
Final 12 months’s rating: 6
Age on Opening Day: 25
How acquired: Chosen within the fourth spherical of the 2018 NFL Draft
Years left on contract: 1
2021 Wage Cap determine: $2.4 million
Trying again at 2020
There have been so many disappointing points of the 2020 season for the Jets, however few greater than Herndon.
There have been lofty expectations for Herndon final season after lacking virtually all of 2019. He seemed nice in coaching camp … after which the common season began. Herndon had a fumble in Week 1 towards Buffalo and dropped a landing in Week 2 towards the 49ers, and his confidence appeared to plummet from there. Herndon completed the 12 months with 5 drops and two fumbles. He had 5 video games by which he didn’t catch a cross. The numbers are beautiful for a participant that confirmed a lot potential as a rookie in 2018.
Herndon ended up beginning 13 video games and enjoying in all 16 for the Jets. He had 31 catches for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Herndon did present some indicators of life on the finish of the season; in his ultimate three video games, he had 14 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
PFF graded Herndon sixtieth out of 71 tight ends general and forty sixth out of fifty in receiving.
Outlook for 2021
Exterior of Zach Wilson, there is probably not a extra fascinating Jet to observe throughout coaching camp and preseason than Herndon. He’s coming into the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract with so much to show. He has flashed abilities at occasions, however was a maddening participant to observe final 12 months. He appeared to regain his confidence towards the tip of the season, so we’ll see if the brand new teaching employees can rebuild him.
Herndon has competitors on the tight finish spot. Tyler Kroft had a really sturdy spring and was forward of Herndon within the rotation with the beginning offense throughout some practices open to the media. The brand new Jets offense may be nice for tight ends (see Kittle, George), so Herndon may benefit from the brand new scheme.
With Herndon, it by no means looks like expertise is the difficulty. It’s about him enjoying with confidence and exhibiting the main target to cease drops and fumbles. It’s now or by no means for Herndon with the Jets. He can turn out to be a free agent after this season and if he has any hopes of cashing in, he wants to indicate nice enchancment this 12 months.