Herndon is likely to face at least a two-game suspension after pleading guilty Wednesday to a DWI charge dating back to last June, Darryl Slater of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Now that the legal process has wrapped up, the league office is expected to evaluate Herndon's situation and levy appropriate punishment within the next few months. While the NFL typically looks into off-field incidents such as these on a case-by-case basis, the precedent established for first offenders like Herndon facing similar charges usually results in a two-game ban.
Herndon was held to an eight-yard catch on three targets in Sunday's 38-3 loss to New England. He finishes his rookie season with 502 yards and four touchdowns on 39 catches. Though he ended it with a whimper, Herndon gave Jets fans plenty of reason for optimism after years of ineptitude at the tight end position. The rookie fourth-rounder out of Miami put together a three-game touchdown streak at one point and could push for TE1 status in standard leagues as soon as next season if he further develops his chemistry with quarterback Sam Darnold.
Herndon caught six of seven targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 44-38 overtime loss to Green Bay. Herndon recorded a new career high in receiving yards, and his productive outing included a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The entire Jets offense has trended up in recent weeks with quarterback Sam Darnold developing, and that includes the rookie tight end. Herndon has 38 catches for 494 yards and four touchdowns heading into New York's Week 17 clash with the Patriots.
Herndon caught three of four targets for 53 yards in Saturday's 29-22 loss to the Texans. Herndon exceeded his production from the previous two games combined but remains without a touchdown since Week 8. Reserve tight ends Jordan Leggett and Eric Tomlinson saw one target apiece as Herndon continues to top the group. The rookie fourth-round pick has shown flashes this season but is difficult to rely upon for fantasy due to the inconsistency. The Jets have a more favorable matchup Week 16 as they are set to host the Packers.
Herndon was held to one catch for 14 yards on two targets in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Bills. This was Herndon's worst performance since Week 5. The rookie tight end out of Miami has a bright fantasy future, but owners counting on him in the fantasy playoffs this season should do so at their own risk. He'll look to bounce back against the Texans in Week 15.
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