Why New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon can have a breakout year in 2019

New York Jets, Chris Herndon

Entering year two of his career, New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon is coming into this season with high expectations. After a stellar rookie year converting 39 receptions out of his 56 targets for 502 yards and four touchdowns, Herndon has proved himself to be a reliable target for Sam Darnold.

The chemistry between Herndon and Darnold was on display in the second half of the season where Herndon logged his best games. He was a steal in the draft last year showcasing his ability to be a good blocker and an even better receiver. PFF ranked Herndon 12th out of 70 tight ends for his performances last year and there is only room to grow. Herndon’s athleticism will allow head coach Adam Gase to flex him out wide and create mismatches against defenders.

What to expect from New York Jets TE Chris Herndon in 2019?

Chris Herndon has proved himself to be one of the most reliable targets on the team combining his athleticism with his football IQ to become Sam Darnold’s safety blanket. The sophomore still has a lot of work to do in order to become a premier tight end in the league, but we can expect to see growth throughout his sophomore year.

Herndon should have a big role in the red zone this year with his ability to create separation against defenders. You can also expect to see Adam Gase use Herndon more as a vertical threat because of his size and speed.

Unfortunately for Herndon, he will most likely face a two-game suspension after pleading guilty to a DUI that occurred back in June 2018.

Projected Stats: 69 Targets, 49 Receptions, 718 Yards, 7 Touchdowns

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