Herndon (hamstring) has struggled to pick up the Jets' new playbook this offseason, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Herndon was bothered by a tight hamstring during June minicamp, but that may not have been the only reason both Tyler Kroft and Ryan Griffin earned first-team snaps at tight end. Given that he's disappointed in back-to-back in seasons after a 500-yard rookie campaign, Herndon shouldn't be viewed as a shoo-in starter, especially now that the Jets have a new coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur is coming over from a 49ers team that emphasized tight ends in the passing game, but that was more about George Kittle's talent rather than Kyle Shanahan's personal philosophy. Herndon, Kroft and Griffin could all compete for the starting job in training camp.
Herndon tended to a tight hamstring during the Jets' recent mandatory minicamp, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
As a result, Herndon's practice reps were capped Tuesday, according to coach Robert Saleh. Saleh considers Herndon to be "perfectly fine," and the tight end will have a month to get back to 100 percent for training camp in late July. With negligible changes to the TE room this offseason, Herndon is positioned to the be the No. 1 at the position for rookie signal-caller Zach Wilson in 2021.
Herndon caught seven of nine targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's season-ending 28-14 loss to the Patriots.
Herndon absorbed an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit and still held onto the ball on his 21-yard touchdown catch late in the first half, and he ultimately set season highs in both catches and yards to finish his third campaign on a high note. The tight end struggled to get going for much of the year, but he posted three of his four highest yardage totals in the last three games and finished on a two-game touchdown streak. Though Herndon totaled just 31 catches for 287 yards and three touchdowns overall, he may have salvaged his spot atop New York's tight end depth chart heading into next year with the late-season surge.
Herndon caught all four of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-16 win over Cleveland.
Herndon got wide open in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The touchdown was only Herndon's second of the season, but the 2018 fourth-round pick is building some late-campaign momentum, as he set a season high in receiving yards with 48 last week. He'll look to close out his season on a high note next week in New England.
Herndon caught three of four targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Rams.
Herndon set a new season high in receiving yards as the Jets picked up their first win of 2020 in a shocker over the heavily favored Rams. The tight end also caught at least three passes in a game for the first time since Week 3. It was nice to see Herndon actually make a meaningful contribution again, but he'll still be tough to trust over the final two games of the season given his frequent disappearing acts.
Herndon caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 40-3 loss to Seattle.
Herndon made his first catch since Week 11 and just his 17th of the season. Any optimism regarding an increase in targets for the tight end with New York battling injuries to its receiving corps was quashed in this one. Herndon should continue to play the majority of snaps in Week 15 against the Rams, but he's unlikely to make much of an impact on the stat sheet.
Herndon wasn't targeted in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Raiders.
Herndon has caught just three passes since Week 6. The third-year tight end showed promise as a rookie but was hampered by injuries as a sophomore and has regressed significantly in his third year. Herndon will hope to get back on track against the Seahawks in Week 14, but there's not much evidence suggesting he'll be able to do so.
Herndon wasn't targeted in Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Dolphins.
Herndon awakened from a season-long slumber to score his first touchdown of the season last week but returned to invisibility in this one. Perhaps he was bothered by the back tightness revealed earlier in the week, but regardless, Herndon will be tough to trust when the Jets host the Raiders in Week 13.
Herndon (back) practiced fully Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
The tight end was limited Wednesday as he dealt with some tightness in his lower back, but his full participation Thursday puts him in line to play Sunday against the Dolphins. Herndon caught two of his three targets for 32 yards and a TD in this past Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Chargers, but overall his production has been modest this season, as he's logged a 16-133-1 stat line through 10 games to date.
Herndon will be limited in Wednesdays practice due to a back injury, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
More specifically, head coach Gase said that Herndon is dealing with "tightness" in his lower back, adding that the Jets are "being cautious with it," per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York. The third-year tight end scored for the first time all season in last week's loss to the Chargers, finishing the day with two receptions for 32 yards on three targets. Even if he manages to shake off the back injury prior to Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Herndon will still be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes.
Herndon caught two of three targets for 32 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Chargers.
Herndon made a season-long 26-yard grab before adding a six-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. The score was his first of the season and broke a drought that dated back to Week 16 of the 2018 campaign. Herndon hadn't topped 30 yards since the season opener and is far from a safe fantasy play next Sunday against the Dolphins, despite this encouraging effort.
Herndon wasn't targeted in Monday's 30-27 loss to New England.
Herndon played 30 offensive snaps, which was actually 65 percent on a night that saw the Patriots control the clock and the Jets employ a quick-strike approach. Despite getting consistent playing time, the tight end has been a net negative over the past four weeks, losing a fumble on his lone catch over that span.
Herndon caught one of two targets for three yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 35-9 loss to the Chiefs.
Herndon finally caught a ball for the first time in three weeks, but he put the ball on the ground at the end of the play. His nearly nonexistent role in the league's least proficient offense makes Herndon tough to trust in Week 9 against New England and beyond.
Herndon failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 18-10 loss to Buffalo.
The Bills had struggled to defend tight ends all season, but Herndon could not capitalize on the favorable matchup. He failed to catch a ball for the second week in a row even as starting quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) returned from a two-game absence. Herndon has been arguably the biggest underperformer in New York's disappointing offense, and that's unlikely to change against the Chiefs in Week 8.
Herndon wasn't targeted in Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Dolphins.
Herndon's disappointing disappearing act continues. He played 63 percent of offensive snaps, which was his second-lowest mark of the season but a nice bounce back from the 42 percent Herndon played last week. Backup quarterback Joe Flacco just didn't look his way, leaving Herndon with only seven catches over the last five games.
Herndon caught two of three targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to Arizona.
Herndon finished second on the team in receiving yards, though that's more an indictment of the rest of the Jets' offense aside from Jamison Crowder (116 yards and a touchdown) than a compliment to Herndon. The 2018 fourth-rounder was viewed as a popular third-year sleeper coming off an injury-riddled sophomore season, but like most of New York's offense, Herndon's showing no signs of waking up. He has 13 catches for 98 yards heading into a Week 6 clash with the Chargers, and six of those grabs came in the season opener.
Herndon brought in one of three targets for 11 yards in the Jets' 37-28 loss to the Broncos on Thursday.
The athletic tight end once again came up considerably short for fantasy managers, extending what has been a disappointing start to the season to a fourth game. Herndon did have six receptions Week 1 against the Bills, but they went for just 37 yards, and he's now recorded a 5-37-0 line over the subsequent three games. For a player that averaged 12.9 yards per grab and four touchdowns on 39 catches during his rookie 2018 campaign before missing all but one game last year, the current numbers represent a clear and disappointing drop in downfield usage. Herndon will look to bounce back in a Week 5 home matchup against the Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 11.
Herndon caught three of five targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 36-7 loss to the Colts.
Herndon isn't doing any damage downfield with just 63 yards on his 10 catches through three weeks. At least one aspect of the Jets has looked absolutely horrid every week, and it was the passing game's turn in this one as quarterback Sam Darnold threw for just 168 yards and tossed three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. While game script should be playing in Herndon's favor with the Jets getting blown out every week, his lack of downfield involvement limits the tight end's upside. He'll look to start building some momentum when the Broncos come to town Thursday.
Herndon caught one of four targets for five yards in Sunday's 31-13 loss to San Francisco.
Among the multitude of questions about coach Adam Gase's dubious game plan Sunday was Herndon's lack of involvement, especially with the Jets now down their top four wide receivers after Breshad Perriman (ankle) and Chris Hogan (ribs) were forced to join Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Denzel Mims (hamstring) on the sidelines. The 24-year-old tight end should play a larger role in Week 3 against the Colts given the lack of healthy pass catchers left in the Jets offense.
Herndon caught six of seven targets for 37 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 27-17 loss to Buffalo.
Herndon caught a bad break on his fumble, as the play appeared to be an incomplete pass but stood as a fumble after a lengthy review. The tight end mostly operated underneath with quarterback Sam Darnold struggling to push the ball downfield effectively, and Herndon finished second on the team behind Jamison Crowder in targets, catches and receiving yards. He'll look to stay involved when the 49ers come to town in Week 2.
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