Jets, TE Chris Herndon feeling ‘a different energy’

As trying as the 2018 effort was for the Jets with a 4-12 revealing, rookie tight end Chris Herndon left a promising note for the Gang Green faithful.
The only Jets freshman to locate his way onto the 2018 NFL All-Rookie Team, Herndon’s 39 catches were tops among first-year tight ends, his 502 yards receiving were instant along with his four touchdown catches were second on the team.
Now playing for another coaching regime, Herndon is gladly soaking up a new strategy, gaining confidence and sense a new energy under the Adam Gase training umbrella.
“Just in the jump, we are taking shots down the field, with everybody and everybody is getting a opportunity to get into the ball,” Herndon said via the team site’s Ethan Greenberg. “You are feeling another energy out there and we’re just hoping to maintain this momentum that we have right now and let that take into the following day, next camp and going into the season.”
It took a while for Herndon to catch with the Jets and fellow rookie Sam Darnold since the tight end tallied just five catches for 47 yards on seven targets across the first five weeks of the year.
Over the last 11 weeks of the season, Herndon appeared as one of Darnold’s most reliable targets, hauling in 34 receptions for 455 yards and all four of his scores on 49 targets. Besides starting up the passing game, Herndon was a trusted blocker.
Refusing to break upon a promising first year, Herndon is placing at work where and if he can from the offseason.
“I feel as if it’s quite important [to study film],” Herndon said. “You could have all the skill in the world, but if you do not understand what to do, you’re not going to get much playing time. Period. Before you can get out there and make plays, you need to know where to be and that is possibly the most crucial part. The athleticism and running comes handy ”
Considering all the analyzing comes relaxation . As training camp looms on the horizon, Herndon’s already revealed strides of advancement in most aspects.
“I think he is a confident player,” tight ends coach John Dunn stated. “Even from getting here, before practicing and talking with him and speaking with him, only his assurance [differs ]. He had a fantastic year this past year. And I believe for him, the more he could comprehend defenses and not only what we’re doing, but what the opposing group is doing, now he can maximize his skillset. So that’s where I think he has taken his main leap.”

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