NY Jets: 5 players whose stock is down after minicamp

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2. Chris Herndon, TE, NY Jets

The Jets showed confidence in Chris Herndon this offseason. Despite dabbling in Jonnu Smith's market, the team never made a serious attempt to upgrade at the tight end position.

That was partially due to the lack of superior options, but also because the new coaching staff believed in Herndon's potential despite a difficult two seasons.

Unfortunately, Herndon has done very little to reward them for that trust to this point.

The Miami product went into the spring as the unquestioned starter with the likes of Tyler Kroft, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco, and Kenny Yeboah all trailing behind.

But by the end of minicamp, Herndon was no longer running with the first-team offense.

Drops continue to be an issue including a particularly bad one that resulted in a Zach Wilson end-zone interception. When the Jets reconvened for minicamp, Herndon was working behind both Kroft and Griffin who each had their moments this spring.

He worked with the second-team offense on the first day of minicamp and then was held out with a minor injury on the second and final day. Not exactly an auspicious end to his spring.

Herndon's collapse has been somewhat of a mystery. What happened to the young, promising tight end the Jets saw back in 2018?

Time is running out for Herndon to rediscover that version of himself. This summer might be his last opportunity to prove to the Jets that he isn't a lost cause.