Herndon caught two of four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Dolphins. Herndon got an extended opportunity after Neal Sterling exited with a head injury, and the downgrade at tight end was palpable. The rookie was tackled at Miami's one-yard line on the final play of the first half, then dropped the ball twice in the second half, including on a wide open play that would have resulted in a big gain. This was not a good first impression to make on the coaching staff after failing to catch a ball in Week 1.
Herndon wasn't targeted in Monday's 48-17 win in Week 1 at Detroit. Believe it or not, there's a silver lining here for Herndon. The rookie's 34 offensive snaps played (out of a possible 60) in this one were second to Neal Sterling's 40, suggesting the coaching staff already views him as the No. 2 option at the position, rather than fourth as the initial depth chart suggested. Herndon has nowhere to go but up after this quiet debut, and it wouldn't be surprising if he eventually supplanted Sterling as the top tight end later in the season.
Herndon is listed as the Jets' fourth tight end on the team's initial depth chart of the regular season. This is somewhat surprising given there were murmurs earlier in training camp that the rookie had a legitimate chance to start right away, or at worst, see regular action in two-tight-end sets. While it's probably best to look elsewhere for help at tight end in Week 1, how the coaching staff truly views Herndon will be reflected in his snap count during Monday's game against the Lions.
Herndon appears to have won the starting job at tight end, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports. Herndon was held out of Thursday's preseason finale against the Eagles, while Jordan Leggett played through the fourth quarter and caught one of three targets for 18 yards. Eric Tomlinson might also get a crack at the starting job, but Herndon figures to handle most of the pass-catching work. The rookie fourth-round pick provides the Jets with some semblance of upside at tight end for the first time in years.
Herndon (undisclosed) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason contest against the Redskins, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Herndon sat out the Jets' exhibition opener last week after getting banged up in a practice leading up to the game. It appears the rookie tight end still hasn't made a full recovery, so he looks poised to again miss out on some valuable reps as he looks to build his case for a starting role over Jordan Leggett.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|12||11/25||New England Patriots||21||8.00|
|16||12/23||Green Bay Packers||11||5.00|
|17||12/30||@New England Patriots||21||8.00|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0|