— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) December 23, 2018
New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon came away with a phenomenal one-handed catch against the Green Bay Packers.
Facing a third down deep in Green Bay Packers territory, the tight end needed only one hand to haul in a pass from fellow rookie Sam Darnold.
Herndon would take a decent hit from Packers
defender Josh Jones immediately after he gained control, but held on to set the Jets up in prime scoring territory, four yards away from the end zone.
Needing six yards, Herndon gained 15.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 23, 2018
Social media reaction to Herndon’s big play predicted a bright future for the Miami product.
Chris Herndon's best play of his rookie season, with that one-handed grab. He has shown some nice progress lately. Finally a competent tight end for Jets?
— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) December 23, 2018
WOW. What a catch by Chris Herndon. One handed in the red zone.
— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) December 23, 2018
Jets really have something in Chris Herndon, who has been one of Darnold's top targets…sick one-handed catch, and then he hangs on after getting rocked shortly thereafter.
— Mike Ashmore (@mashmore98) December 23, 2018
Two plays after the big catch, Elijah McGuire would put up the points for the Jets, courtesy of a four-run scoring rush.
The ensuing extra point from Jason Myers would give the Jets a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
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— NFL (@NFL) December 23, 2018
The scoring drive, going 83 yards in 12 plays, capped off an eventful first quarter for the Jets’ offense. Darnold went 8-of-10 for 111 yards, while McGuire earned 38 yards of total offense. Herndon’s big grab was his second reception of the afternoon, previously earning 26 yards earlier in the frame.