Jets TEs in 2021: What’s Next for Chris Herndon in a New Offense?

Finished on Practice Squad: Connor Davis, Bronson Kaufusi

Reserve/Future Signing: Davis

Potential Unrestricted FAs in 2021: Brown, Travis

’21: A New Deal
The Jets may enter the 2021 season with a similar tight-ends room to the last two seasons. Chris Herndon, who closed the 2020 season strong, Ryan Griffin and Trevon Wesco are all under contract. General Manager Joe Douglas could add to the room through free agency and/or the draft with the Jets projected to have the third-most cap space in the NFL. They currently have six picks in the top-100 selections.

While we don’t know exactly what offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur’s offense will look like, it’s possible tight ends will have a big role. 49ers’ TE George Kittle has been a staple in San Francisco Head Coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense where LaFleur served as the passing-game coordinator for four seasons. There are few tight ends as talented as Kittle, but there are other examples throughout the NFL where tight ends in Shanahan-type schemes have big roles in the offense, such as the Titans’ Jonnu Smith and the Packers’ Robert Tonyan. LaFleur will add his own wrinkles, but it’s feasible LaFleur and TEs coach Ron Middleton will want to take advantage of Herndon’s athleticism.

As a rookie in 2018, Herndon took 175 of his 625 snaps in the slot, according to Pro Football Focus. He had 39 catches, 502 yards and 4 TDs, which all ranked No. 2 on…

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