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Sam Darnold is excited about what this New York Jets offense could be capable of when Chris Herndon returns from injury.

The New York Jets finally have their starting quarterback on the field again. After missing three-straight games with mononucleosis, Sam Darnold has returned to the team and led them to their first win this past Sunday.

But despite having the most important individual on the offense back and healthy, there’s still one more piece missing from the puzzle.

Tight end Chris Herndon has yet to step on the field this season. The league suspended him for the first four games for violating the substance policy. The second-year pro also missed the Week 6 win over Dallas with a hamstring injury and it’s unclear if he’ll play this coming Sunday.

Regardless of when he’ll end up returning to the game field, Darnold is excited about what this offense could be capable of when he eventually does.

“Right now, we’re just missing Chris [Herndon]. Once all the guys are back together, I think we’re unstoppable as an offense — or we can be,” Darnold said, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.

“It’s just up to us and how we execute. It’s really up to us how many points we score, I think. I think we’re capable of so many points. With our offensive line, too, the way they played last game, with the way we’ve been running the ball and the way they’ve been protecting, sky’s the limit for us.”

Herndon caught 39 balls on 56 targets for 502 yards and four touchdowns through 16 games (12 starts) last year. Gang Green has played tight end Ryan Griffin in his place thus far.

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