Rookie tight end Chris Herndon was nowhere to be found in the Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets preseason Week 1 matchup. Head coach Todd Bowles breaks down the latest on Herndon’s situation.
The New York Jets put on quite the show in front of the home crowd as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 17-0 in Week 1 preseason action. The offense looked sharp, the defense was making plays, and it was a small glimpse as to how this year’s Jets are looking like.
One notable player that wasn’t even physically at the Falcons vs. Jets preseason Week 1 matchup was rookie tight end Chris Herndon. It was a big surprise for fans since so far during training camp, Herndon has been doing well with beat reporters and those in attendance believing he could be the top tight end in the positional group.
Many assumed he could have been held out for disciplinary reasons but luckily, it had nothing to do with violating any team rules or anything like that. It turns out that Herndon was injured and held out due to precautionary reasons.
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Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what head coach Todd Bowles said about Herndon not playing in Friday’s preseason win over the Falcons as well as not being on the sideline:
He has a bruise. He left the game. We had a couple of guys leave the game with some nicks and bruises that we didn’t want to put back in there. He was out. He got a couple of bruises in practice and we held him out.
Hopefully, Herndon is able to be eased back into football duties within the next week or so. Bowles continued saying that for now, Herndon is listed as day-to-day so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back from his undisclosed injury.
The tight end situation of the Jets continues to heat up as it’s expected the team will continue incorporating the positional group in a good amount of offensive plays in 2018. If the Jets can get some solid production out of their tight ends, it would continue making their offense one that can do damage in various different ways.