Incoming Jets head coach Adam Gase referred to Herndon as a "unicorn" at last weekend's NFL Scouting Combine, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports. Herndon was considered a raw prospect coming out of Miami (Fla.) last year after a collegiate career in which he was largely overshadowed by former Hurricane teammate and 2017 first-rounder David Njoku. However, the 2018 fourth-rounder wound up having a surprisingly productive rookie season (39/502/4) in which he was the No. 9 overall graded tight end by Pro Football Focus -- not to mention the Jets' highest-graded offensive player overall. Gase comparing him to a mythical creature might be a bit of a stretch, but Herndon nonetheless had some extremely impressive moments in 2018 -- like his one-handed catch in traffic against Green Bay in Week 16 -- and he appears to have a strong connection with quarterback Sam Darnold. The one knock on his 2019 fantasy stock is a possible suspension he might be served as a result of a DWI charge, but the 23-year-old Herndon otherwise profiles as an intriguing fantasy prospect ahead of the 2019 campaign.
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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||@New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|7||10/22||New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|10||11/10||New York Giants||19||7.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||56||39||502||4||25||12.87||74|