Chris Herndon
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Chris Herndon is becoming a more confident player heading into year No. 2 as the tight end for the New York Jets.

In 2018, the New York Jets drafted Chris Herndon in the fourth round (No. 107 overall) out of Miami, FL. Herndon, in his rookie season in the NFL, proved to be someone who could be a reliable tight end.

Herndon racked up 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns through 16 games for New York.

Now going into year No. 2 for the Jets, Herndon will have a new head coach in Adam Gase and an improving second-year quarterback in Sam Darnold. Because of this, the tight end is going into 2019 with newfound confidence.

“I think he’s a more confident player,” tight ends coach John Dunn said of Herndon, per Ethan Greenberg of the Jets official website. “Even from just getting here, before practicing and speaking with him and talking with him, just his confidence [is different].

One of the ways Herndon is improving his game actually comes off the field. Going into his sophomore campaign, Herndon is making it known that the film room is of much importance to him.

“I feel like it’s very important,” Herndon said when speaking of the classroom. “You could have all the skill in the world, but if you don’t know what to do, you’re not really going to get much playing time. Period. Before you can get out there and make plays, you have to know where to be and that’s probably the most important part. The athleticism and running comes easy.”

Whether or not Herndon and Darnold can continue to develop their chemistry is a major key to success in 2019. if they are both on the same page with the playbook, they should be well on their way.

Herndon and the Jets will look to improve upon their 2018 campaign which saw them finish with only a 4-12 record.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.