The New York Jets have signed five players so far in their 2018 NFL Draft class as tight end Christopher Herndon is ready to get to work.
As the offseason drags on, the New York Jets continue to stay busy with organized team activities and signing members of their 2018 NFL Draft class. As confirmed by ESPN, the Jets have signed tight end Christopher Herndon to a contract.
Ideally, the Jets are hoping they found a hidden gem in this year’s draft by taking a chance on Herndon thanks to everything he brings to the table. A fourth-round pick out of Miami, the Jets are banking that once he’s healthy, can be a nice addition to their offense this upcoming season.
Herndon brings some decent stats to the Jets as in three years at Miami, he totaled 1,048 receiving yards, 86 receptions, and seven touchdowns. Considering how much production the Jets got out of the tight end position last season, bodes well for Herndon to eventually find his place on offense once he’s physically able to do so.
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Coming off a severe MCL injury, the Jets will be cautious when it comes to Herndon and what he’ll be doing during OTAs, minicamp, and eventually training camp. So far, he’s been limited in minicamp and unable to participate completely in positional drills.
It’s expected he should be ready to compete early on in training camp but won’t be rushed. Hopefully, once he gets evaluated by then, he’ll be medically cleared to begin his transition into the pros.
The Jets are hoping that their young tight end corps develop into a formidable group capable of being a key part of their West Coast offense. Continuing to evolve the offensive playbook by new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, it looks like the Jets are ready to push the envelope with their tight end situation. It’ll be great to see the competition all summer long led mostly between Christopher Herndon and Jordan Leggett for who earns starting and backup duties.