Chris Herndon
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The three New York Jets players with the potential to bust out in 2020 include a familiar face, a surprise and a rookie.

Robby Sabo

Sorry, Jamal Adams; you just don’t qualify. But don’t take it as a slight. You’ve already more than arrived while these three New York Jets employees are still looking to fully bust out.

A year ago, there weren’t really any true breakthroughs on the squad. Adams continued to play like his All-Pro self. Foley Fatukasi really stepped it up out of nowhere. Bless Austin enjoyed a nice little run once he was thrown into the mix. Perhaps Brian Poole’s season served as the top in the category.

Aside from nice stories, no true bust out occurred. The Jets are hoping the 2020 season showcases a much different story.

3. Chris Herndon

It’s true; most fans—when looking at players returning from injury—don’t take into account to what level a specific injury may take away from that player’s overall ability for the rest of his career. This is football; the body can only take so much.

C.J. Mosley’s injury, for example, is a tricky one. Groins are always a scary issue when injured severely. To fully count on his return might be a mistake until he’s actually on the field. Hamstrings, on the other hand, aren’t nearly as frightening.

Chris Herndon returns to action after a season that saw him play a handful of snaps. Other than the Giants game, the second-year tight end missed action due to a four-game suspension, a hammy and a fractured ribs diagnosis.

The 24-year-old Miami product went for 502 yards and four scores on 39 grabs in 12 games started as a rook. Coming back with Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims on each sideline will give Sam Darnold that security blanket he went without his sophomore campaign.

Most important is the idea Herndon will benefit from an offensive line that should be much improved. Accounting for nearly half of the offense (5 of 11 players), that unit doesn’t just raise the productivity ceilings of the quarterback and backs; it does the same for the weapons, as well.

Possible 2020 Bust-Out Stats: 788 yards, 7 touchdowns, 64 receptions

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I’m expecting big things from Sam this year. Needs to eliminate the nightmare games like NE,Jax,MIA.


I’m bullish on Sam throwing for 4,000+ yards and 30 TDs. I just think that the marginal gain in the OL’s performance will have a multiplier effect for Darnold and the rest of the offense.