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NY Jets: 5 players with the most to prove in 2021 training camp

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

Chris Herndon is the mystery that just keeps getting stranger. After a promising rookie campaign that saw him finish as arguably the best rookie tight end in football, hopes were high that Herndon could emerge as a true playmaker in the near future.

But the promise that Herndon once showed feels like a lifetime ago as injuries, a suspension, and on-field mishaps have been the story of the last two years.

Herndon missed essentially all of the 2019 season due to a suspension and multiple injuries, and while he returned to full health in 2020, his on-field struggles were well documented.

The Jets are giving Herndon one final chance to prove himself this season, but he, much like Mims, isn't guaranteed a starting role.

Reports surfaced that Herndon had trouble picking up the playbook this spring leading to the likes of Tyler Kroft and Ryan Griffin receiving first-team reps ahead of him in minicamp.

The new coaching staff still believes that Herndon has some untapped potential, but time is running out for Herndon to live up to the offseason hype.

This is his last chance to prove that he has a future on the team. If not, the Jets will likely be looking for a new tight end next offseason.

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