NY Jets: 5 takeaways from first unofficial depth chart

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Chris Herndon, New York Jets
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3. Chris Herndon at tight end of the NY Jets

Like the running back position, tight end has seen a revolving door during training camp. The New York Jets employ a handful of talented tight ends, though none of them have separated themselves from the pack during training camp.

Fourth-year tight end Chris Herndon is listed as the starter, given he is the most talented. Despite a disappointing past two years, Herndon is finally healthy and hopes to have an impact as he did in 2018. That is if he can hang onto the starting gig.

Ryan Griffin is a do-it-all tight end who is in the running for the starting job as well. In 2020, his season-ending ankle surgery from the year before lingered, as Griffin was a non-factor in the passing game. Now, Griffin is healthy and has been making plays throughout training camp.

Tyler Kroft comes to the Jets having spent the previous two years with the Buffalo Bills. Standing at 6’6” and 252-pounds, Kroft is a great blocker and red zone threat. He may not provide much as a receiver outside of the red zone, but he is another well-rounded tight end.

areHerndon, Griffin, and Kroft make up the first three tight ends on the depth chart. Following them with the fourth-team offense is Trevon Wesco, Daniel Brown, and Kenny Yeboah. Right off the bat, Wesco should come with an asterisk, as he is transitioning to fullback.

Thus, leaving Brown and Yeboah. Brown enters his third year in Gotham Green, primarily playing on special teams. Yeboah, an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss, is a smaller tight end but one who can become a factor in the passing game. He has made his money during training camp in the red zone, having a couple of multi-touchdown games.