The New York Jets have officially added Chris Herndon to the active roster. Here’s what that means and when we can see him back on the field.
Apparently the New York Jets didn’t need Chris Herndon after all.
On Sunday the Jets got their first win of the season, 24-22 vs the Dallas Cowboys without the services of their stud tight end.
While the Jets got the dub, they still desperately need their tight end to come back as soon as possible.
The team made the first official step to making that happen on Monday afternoon by activating Herndon. In a corresponding move, the team waived linebacker Frankie Luvu.
New York was granted a roster exemption from the NFL after Chris returned from his four-game suspension.
So when will we see Herndon back on the field for the Jets?
While Chris was supposed to return following his suspension vs the Dallas Cowboys, he suffered a hamstring injury while working out on his own.
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase said initially that Herndon suffered a “legit hamstring” injury that would make him week-to-week. At the time it seemed like just another unfortunate event in what has been a series of unfortunate events for the green and white this season.
But it seems like there was some newfound optimism this week following the team’s first victory of the season.
On Monday Adam Gase said that Herndon is “progressing well, we’re going to be smart with him and see what happens.”
While the Jets looked reborn with Sam Darnold back in the lineup on Sunday vs the Dallas Cowboys, they can be even better.
Ryan Griffin was serviceable in his place, catching three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown, he’s no Herndon.
Chris has an ability to stretch the field vertically, make spectacular catches, be a reliable target in the red zone, and even open up rushing lanes for Le’Veon Bell with his underrated run blocking.
Up next for the Jets is a home primetime game on Monday Night Football vs the New England Patriots. That’ll provide a little extra time for Herndon to heal from his hamstring injury. Currently, his status is uncertain for Week 7, but Gase sounded very optimistic that Herndon has a legitimate chance to play this week, per Connor Hughes of The Athletic.