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New York Jets: Chris Herndon named to PFWA All-Rookie team

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 15: Tight end Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets reacts against the Houston Texans during the second half at MetLife Stadium on December 15, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Houston Texans won 29-22. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 15: Tight end Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets reacts against the Houston Texans during the second half at MetLife Stadium on December 15, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Houston Texans won 29-22. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team putting the cap on a fantastic first season in the NFL.

After a strong rookie campaign, New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon has been rewarded for his play by being named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.

This comes on the heels of an impressive first reason where Herndon tallied 39 catches for 502 yards, the most by a Jets tight end since Dustin Keller in 2011. The Miami product also brought in four touchdown grabs, tied for the most out of any rookie tight end. His 39 receptions also paced all first-year tight ends this season.

While this honor isn’t the official NFL All-Rookie team which has not been released yet, it’s an honor nonetheless. Moreover, this honor should give a strong hint that he may be named to the official All-Rookie team as well.

#Jets TE Chris Herndon (@Chris_Authentic) was named to the @PFWAwriters All-Rookie Team.

Like I’ve been saying for eight months:

Darnold to Herndon. Get used to it. pic.twitter.com/2l2jPMdZj6

— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) January 15, 2019

His main competition is Baltimore Ravens standout rookie Mark Andrews. The third-round pick out of Oklahoma made quite the impact in his rookie season but finished with fewer receptions and touchdowns than Herndon, only pacing him in receiving yards.

Herndon’s 502 receiving yards were the most by any Jets rookie tight end since the aforementioned Keller’s 2008 season. The 4th-round pick has the potential to be the Jets best tight end since Keller and should be a mainstay in the Jets offense for years to come.

Herndon remains one of the few building blocks on an offense void of playmakers. An offensive unit consisting of players such as Sam Darnold, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, and Herndon is a solid foundation to build around giving the team some hope for the future.

Return man Andre Roberts also earned PFWA honors being named to the All-NFL team after his outstanding season.

Here’s to hoping that Herndon is just getting started with his NFL career and that his rookie season and this honor are a sign of great things to come.

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