TE Chris Herndon - New York Jets
|6-4, 252||Born: 2-23-1996||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 4, pick|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Chris Herndon's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs NE (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
An unexpected bright spot this year, Herndon has shown some really excellent flashes of ability far beyond his draft spot. However, like Robby Anderson, the Patriots decided to remove Herndon from the offensive equation. Herndon found very little opportunity to break free from coverage and Sam Darnold rarely had time for him to figure it out. Herndon should have a major role next year in the offense.
2018 Week 16 vs GB (7 / 6 / 82 / 1 rec)
More than anyone on the team, Herndon has been the best surprise for the Jets. A fourth-round rookie out of Miami, Herndon has shown far more athleticism and ability than most expected. That was on display Sunday, especially on his spectacular one-handed catch late in the second quarter. On that play, Herndon ran a simple tight end seam route, but quarterback Sam Darnold's throw was a little bit off. Herndon extended his body and reached out to snag the ball with one hand, absorbing a hit as he did. Herndon didn't need to work as hard on his touchdown catch, where he was wide open on a short route out into the flat.
2018 Week 15 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
The rookie tight end is on the field more than any other tight end, and fourth most overall in the offense behind Elijah McGuire, Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson. His target total doubled from last week's effort against the Bills, and it's evident that he has fellow rookie Sam Darnold's trust even if it doesn't always translate to massive totals. This week Darnold looked for him on a 3rd-and-8 while scrambling. Herndon's route gave him just a little separation from his coverage along the sideline, with another defender underneath him. Darnold trusted his tight end would go up and get the ball, and threw it over the first defender. Herndon made a leaping grab to extend the drive, which would result in a touchdown run by Elijah McGuire to give the Jets their first and only lead of the game.
2018 Week 14 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
The return of quarterback Sam Darnold didn't goose the rookie tight end's numbers, and with Robby Anderson able to produce big plays, the quarterback didn't need to try and force the ball to Herndon, although it was curious that the athletic tight end was not targeted on the final scoring drive considering what a mismatch he has been for defenses.
2018 Week 13 vs TEN (6 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Since Week 8, Herndon hasn't seen a red zone target, much less the end zone. He's still seeing targets, but that isn't translating to production, although that wasn't helped this week when a really impressive 28-yard catch and run at the end of the first half was called back by a flag for holding. That short pass was turned into a big gain due to Herndon's speed and nose for open field, and is worth noting even if it didn't stand. More often than not, though, Josh McCown struggled to give Herndon manageable balls to catch. Herndon has good athleticism and has shown nice hands, but right now it's hard to know what he brings to the table week to week despite being on the field for 70-75% of the offensive plays each game.
2018 Week 12 vs NE (8 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)
Herndon saw an uptick in targets (8 compared to 4, 4 and 2 the previous three weeks before the bye) and caught all but one of them. The big tight end is proving to be the lone bright spot on the offense this season, and mixes in some good blocking with his pass-catching ability, which gets him on the field more than any other tight end and most other offensive players not on the offensive line.
2018 Week 10 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
For the second week in a row, the rookie tight end has led the Jets in receiving yards. Not only does he continue to show progress as a solid pass-catcher, but he ran some nice routes, can get yards after the catch and his blocking seems to be improving. His ceiling on Sunday seemed to be more scheme and quarterback, as he was able to get free a couple of times and McCown just didn't see him.
2018 Week 9 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Still Sam Darnold's most reliable target, fellow rookie Herndon was about the only thing which didn't make Jets fans cry on Sunday, though he disappeared in the second half. The Jets were often trying to max protect Darnold, so either Herndon or another tight end was often held in, blocking.
2018 Week 8 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 16 / 1 rec)
If you are only going to get one catch, make it count -- something Herndon did against the Bears as his one catch was a 16-yard touchdown catch. That's three weeks in a row where he and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold have hooked up on a score. This week's version saw him go up the field on a corner route and get a step on the Bears Danny Trevathan to the goal line, where Darnold hit him with a perfect pass. Herndon lead all tight ends in terms of offensive snaps by a wide margin and is certainly the leading tight end in the offense.
2018 Week 7 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)
This is the second game in a row where the rookie quarterback connected with the rookie tight end for a touchdown. The Jets hoped Herndon would develop into a solid receiving threat and with the injuries to receivers, it seems like they are hoping it happens now. Herndon could have had a second touchdown, but after a nice catch and a move up the sideline, he was forced out of bounds while diving for the pylon.
2018 Week 6 vs IND (2 / 2 / 56 / 1 rec)
Herndon didn't get targeted very often but he made what he got count, particularly on his 32-yard catch and run touchdown at the start of the third quarter. Herndon ran a very simple route down the sideline, and the coverage first bit on the playaction fake by Sam Darnold, then one defender fell as he tried to adjust. Herndon was wide open, as was fellow tight end Jordan Leggett.
2018 Week 4 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Herndon actually had two big catches but his first -- a 33-yard deep ball -- was called back due to an Eric Tomlinson holding penalty. His second catch, during a drive at the end of the first half, was an athletic grab for 15 yards. Otherwise, while he was on the field for 65% of the offensive plays, he was rarely used.
2018 Week 3 vs CLE (2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
It's a surprise it doesn't happen more often to the Jets, given their insistence on throwing screen passes and other tosses behind the line of scrimmage, but Herndon's longest catch was 8 yards in the wrong direction, as he was brought down well behind the line of scrimmage in the first quarter.
2018 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
When Neal Sterling left with a head injury, it looked like Herndon would get the chance to step up. He did, but it didn't take as Herndon was tackled short of the end zone on the last play of the first half and fumbled the ball twice in the second half.
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