Jets, TE Chris Herndon feeling ‘a different energy’

As stressful as the 2018 effort was to get the Jets with a 4-12 showing, rookie tight end Chris Herndon left a promising note for the Gang Green loyal.
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 fresh strategy, gaining confidence and sense a brand new energy beneath the Adam Gase training umbrella.
“Just in the jump, we are taking shots down the field, using everybody and everybody is getting a opportunity to get into the ball,” Herndon said through the team site’s Ethan Greenberg. “You feel a different energy out there and we’re only hoping to maintain this momentum that we have right now and let that carry into the next day, next camp and moving into the season.”
It took a while for Herndon to catch on with the Jets and fellow newcomer Sam Darnold since the tight end tallied only five catches for 47 yards on seven targets across the initial five weeks of the season.
Over the last 11 weeks of this season, Herndon appeared as among Darnold’s most reliable goals, hauling in 34 receptions for 455 yards and all four of the scores on 49 goals. In addition to starting up the passing game, Herndon proved to be a reliable blocker.
Refusing to rest upon a promising initial season, Herndon is placing at work where and if he can from the offseason.
“I feel like it is quite important [to examine movie ],” Herndon said. “You might have all the ability in the world, but if you do not understand what to do, you are really not going to get much playing time. Period. Before you are able to get out there and make plays, you have to know where to be and that’s probably the most crucial part. The athleticism and running comes easy”
With all the relaxation is come by analyzing . 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 said. “Even from getting here, before practicing and talking with him and speaking with him, just his assurance [is different]. He had a fantastic year this past year. And I believe because of him, the more he can understand defenses rather than only what we’re doing, but what the opposing team is performing, now he can optimize his skillset. So that is where I think he has taken his biggest leap.”

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