NY Jets Position Group No. 8 - Tight Ends
The tight end position is a bit strange for the Jets. The team hasn't really had a solid tight end on offense since the days of Dustin Keller. A few names have been serviceable in their stints with the team, such as the brief Austin Sefarian-Jenkins era in 2017.
However, this is not at all where fans wanted to be this season. Chris Herndon looked primed to be one of the best tight ends in the league back in 2018 when he debuted alongside fellow rookie Sam Darnold.
After 2019 saw him hampered by injuries, he didn't look like he was improving come the 2020 season.
Now, the team isn't exactly deep at tight end either. There are a few players on the roster that could stick out, but none have really been making any mouths water.
Chris Herndon seems to be off to a slow start. Free agency signing Tyler Kroft just barely broke 100 yards receiving last season with AFC East rival Buffalo Bills.
The team did sign Kenny Yeboah, Elijah Moore's teammate at Old Miss, as an undrafted free agent. Perhaps there is a diamond-in-the-rough discovery there for the Jets, but for the moment, the tight end position doesn't seem to be turning any heads.
If Herndon can reach his potential that he was once thought to have held in his rookie season, or Tyler Kroft can turn the clock back to 2017, the Jets might be in business in the tight end department.
As of now, it seems to be one of the glaring needs that the team is likely to address in next year's draft if nothing changes.
While this outlook on this particular roster group isn't as optimistic as the cornerback section was, the tight ends will likely help in creating running room for the team, a huge bonus considering their less than ideal performance in the receiving game.
This can all change with a big year from any of the names on the current roster — but as it stands, the starting tight end spot is up in the air and it's entirely free game. Unfortunately, it's likely a result of a lack of talent, rather than an abundance.