NY Jets: 4 players who need a strong finish to the preseason

NY Jets, Chris Herndon
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NY Jets, Chris Herndon
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2. Chris Herndon, TE, NY Jets

If the Jets had any sort of competency at the tight end position, Chris Herndon might be fighting for his roster spot going into the final preseason game of the summer.

Instead, his status on the roster is likely safe despite his lackluster play. What isn't as certain is his role in the offense, and if he will have one at all.

Herndon followed up an encouraging rookie season with an injury-riddled 2019 campaign and a disastrous 2020. The once-promising young tight end had fallen off a proverbial cliff, but there was reason to hope that things would be different in 2021.

However, throughout the spring and summer, it quickly became apparent that nothing had changed. Herndon has struggled with drops and hasn't made any sort of an impact.

Meanwhile, veteran Tyler Kroft has emerged as the clear-cut starting option. Kroft hasn't lit it up this summer, but he's proven to be the most reliable option the Jets have at the position and is firmly entrenched as TE1 entering the season.

Where that leaves Herndon is anyone's guess.

The Jets haven't run many twin tight end sets this summer instead opting for looks with Kroft at tight end and Trevon Wesco as a fullback in the backfield.

If Herndon wants any sort of regular role in this offense, he's going to have to show something. His time to shine is running out —that's why tonight is so important for the young tight end.