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 was listed fourth on New York's initial depth chart at tight end.
This comes as a surprise considering most people expected the rookie to start right away or, at worst, play in sets with two tight ends. It's worth noting that this depth chart is put out by the team's PR staff, so influential decision-makers on the coaching staff could still view Herndon as the starter. While it's probably best to look elsewhere at tight end in Week 1, Herndon's true standing should be qualified by his role in Monday's opener at Detroit.
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 year.
Herndon made his professional debut in Friday's 22-16 preseason loss to the Giants, failing to haul in his lone target.
An undisclosed injury had kept Herndon out of the first two preseason games, but the rookie fourth-rounder from Miami saw plenty of run here with 25 offensive snaps and 12 more on special teams. He failed to come up with a difficult catch along the sideline on his lone target, but Herndon's receiving skills were otherwise left untested. New York's starting tight end spot remains up for grabs with the regular season fast approaching.
Herndon sat out Friday's preseason opening victory over the Raiders after getting "banged up" at practice, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
It is unclear what specific issue Henrdon is dealing with, but it sounds like the accumulation of a few things. The rookie has impressed during training camp and climbed the depth chart in a short period of time. The Jets are presumably just allowing him an opportunity to rest up, but expect an update if the team provides more clarity on the situation.
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|8||10/28/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
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|14||12/9/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|2018||New York Jets||3||2||4||29||7.3||17||0||0||0||2|
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