The New York Jets have signed tight end Chris Herndon, who the team selected in the fourth round of the draft.
Now under contract: rookie TE @Chris_Authentic!
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 21, 2018
Herndon spent three seasons playing at Miami, collecting 86 receptions for 1,048 yards and seven touchdowns. He suffered a torn MCL during his final college game and will be limited as he enters his first training camp.
He fits the mold of a modern tight end, in that he is primarily a wide receiver. However, he is also a capable blocker. It isn’t his calling card, but he can hold his own against most linebackers.
Assuming he will be medically cleared, he will have an opportunity to be an impact player for the Jets. After Austin Serferian-Jenkins departed (and not under great terms, as he appeared unhappy that he was never able to stretch the field), the team is thin at tight end.
Second-year tight end Jordan Leggett, likely to be the starter, missed all of last season while in injured reserve. Eric Tomlinson is also on the roster and appeared in 14 games with the team last season, but totaled only eight receptions.
Herndon does have a slight advantage over the other tight ends on the roster in that he was in rookie minicamp with Sam Darnold. Although he was limited in what he could do, being in the room and getting a first-hand look at where Darnold likes to put the ball will help him.
Thus, there is ample room on the depth chart for Herndon to climb should he show that he can handle the NFL. Tight end has never been a focus of the Jets offense while Todd Bowles has been the coach, but adding another weapon on offense never hurts.