It’s always good to see a former Miami Hurricane do well in the NFL, and in 2020, tight end Chris Herndon may be the next former-Cane to breakout in the pros. So far during training camp for the New York Jets, Herndon has been impressing everyone.
Adam Gase on Jets TE Chris Herndon:— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 26, 2020
"Him and Sam have a unique chemistry... When things go horrifically wrong, those two guys find each other. … They just have a good connection."
"Chris is one of those guys you don’t have to take off the field. He can do everything."
Herndon was a fourth-round selection by the Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft. At Miami, Herndon was one of the key factors in the Hurricanes magical 2017 season. That year, he totaled 40 catches, for 477 yards and 4 touchdowns, earning second-team All-ACC honors.
1st Random Cane of the day: tight end Chris Herndon. In 2017, Herndon racked up 40 catches, 477 yards and and 4 TD’s. He was second team All-ACC pic.twitter.com/aRjjnJh22o— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) April 3, 2020
As he prepares to enter his third season in New York, Herndon has become a reliable target for quarterback Sam Darnold thus far in camp. In his rookie season in 2018, Herndon recorded 39 receptions, for 502 yards and 4 touchdowns, and was named to the All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers Association. Last year, Herndon appeared in just one game, due to injuries and suspensions.
New York Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold finds a wide open Chris Herndon for a big touchdown!— PFF (@PFF) October 14, 2018
Even after battling a tough 2019 season, many believe that a now-healthy Herndon, can become a big part of Adam Gase’s offense in New York. If you watched Herndon during his rookie year, you understand why.
“There’s a lot in his body that we can get out” - #Jets TE coach John Dunn on Chris Herndon— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 23, 2020
Spoke with @FieldYates last week, who said, "Two years ago, Chris Herndon felt like the next big thing at tight end in the AFC East."— Ethan Greenberg (@EGreenbergJets) April 14, 2020
Just a reminder what Herndon brings to the table for the #Jets ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/qtXzxhPdjS
Herndon is the total package for an NFL tight end: great hands, can stretch the field, solid blocker, and can move the chains. In 2018, Herndon was second on the Jets, behind Robby Anderson, with 25 first-downs.
It really can't be said enough how important a healthy Chris Herndon in 2020 would be for Sam Darnold— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) May 11, 2020
They were building something in 2018 and Darnold looks more confident throwing to him than anyone else pic.twitter.com/FzucVyZv6e
When it comes to Darnold, who is also entering his third season in the pros, the former USC quarterback will be relying heavily on Herndon in the passing game. While Ryan Griffin stepped in admirably when Herndon went down last year, the production just wasn’t the same. Through the summer and up until now, it’s clear that the duo could be in for a big season.
Darnold to Herndon. Touchdown. Might see this quite a bit this season. #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 23, 2020
Sam Darnold ➡️ Chris Herndon— (@NYJets_Media) August 1, 2020
Chris Herndon is my breakout candidate for this #Jets offense if he plays a full season ✈️ pic.twitter.com/d7IBbIEMMw
If Herndon can stay healthy, there have been those that say he can become a top-5 tight end in the NFL. Though, a tight end from Miami making those type of headlines shouldn’t surprise anyone. New York wide receiver Jamison Crowder, told JetsWire that Herndon reminds him of former Washington tight end Jordan Reed, who became a Pro Bowl player during his time there, and is now with the 49ers.
Jamison Crowder says #Jets’ receiving corps has “a lot of unique traits - we’ve got size, we’ve got speed.”— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 16, 2020
Adds that TE Chris Herndon being back/healthy “is a major X-factor” for the offense. Compares Herndon’s skills/abilities to former Washington teammate Jordan Reed.
for the chris herndon junkies out there...tons of targets today. if he can stay healthy i dont see how he’s not a huge part of this offense— charles (#1 lebron fan) mcdonald (@FourVerts) August 20, 2020
Herndon is one of several former Hurricanes who have found themselves in a Jets uniform this year, alongside veteran running back Frank Gore, third-year WR Braxton Berrios, and undrafted receiver Lawrence Cager.