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NY Jets trade TE Chris Herndon to the Minnesota Vikings (Report)

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The Jets move tight end Chris Herndon to Minnesota for draft compensation

Joe Douglas and the New York Jets have traded tight end Chris Herndon to the Minnesota Vikings for draft compensation Tuesday afternoon, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The deal ends a tough go of it for one of the few remaining Mike Maccagnan draft picks to be rostered by the Jets. After a promising rookie campaign in 2018, Herndon failed to live up to even modest expectations the past two years.

Herndon, 25, was taken in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft by the previous regime. Although Maccagnan selected him—despite the need for offensive line help—he played well enough his rookie year, with Sam Darnold, to warrant pretty solid expectations.

Unfortunately, a Grade 1 hamstring sprain/pull combined with a rib fracture and another pulled hammy kept him out of all but one game in 2019. His 287 yards and three touchdowns on 31 receptions in 16 games a year ago did anything but inspire future progression.

The Mike Maccagnan players are dwindling

With Herndon gone, only two players from Maccagnan’s 2018 draft class remain: defensive tackles Foley Fatukasi and Nathan Shepherd. Only three Maccagnan-drafted-era players remain: Fatukasi, Shepherd and Marcus Maye (drafted in 2017).

Furthermore, it leaves Tyler Kroft, Ryan Griffin and Daniel Brown as the likely three tight ends to fill out the initial 53-man roster (save for Trevon Wesco who could be labeled a fullback in the Mike LaFleur scheme).

Kenny Yeboah’s release earlier in the day coupled with the Herndon trade has many scratching their head in Jets land. Why would Douglas move so many bodies when the position is already so thin?

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Some are speculating that something incoming is on the horizon. If Kroft didn’t showcase such a horrid injury history, perhaps LaFleur would feel comfortable in a Kroft, Griffin, Brown and Wesco foursome at TE/FB.

Chris Herndon ends his New York Jets career (or, at least his first Jets stint) with 796 yards and seven touchdowns on 71 receptions.

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2 years ago

We send a sixth to Minnesota. Is it the Jets original sixth round pick or the Tampa Bay sixth round (for Steve McClendon), big difference ?

Blazing Fastball
2 years ago

“Only three Maccagnan-era players remain: Fatukasi, Shepherd and Marcus Maye (drafted in 2017).”

OK, maybe I’m missing something, but isn’t QUINNEN WILLIAMS also one of the last surviving Macc draftees?

2 years ago

Jets receive fourth round pick from Minnesota in 2022 and Send Herndon and a sixth round pick to the Vikings. The Jets 2022 draft has two Firsts, two Seconds, a third, two Fourths, two Fifths and only one Sixth. Total 10 picks

2 years ago

Thought Brown and/or Griffin would be long gone, new folks coming in. With Griffin it’s perseverance and toughness coming back from a tough ankle injury going back to 2019. Brown has nine lives, it’s special team that keeps him around. It’s early , let’s hope the Jets can find a decent TE.

2 years ago
Reply to  JetOrange

Expect a trade by Friday

2 years ago
Reply to  JetOrange

Well Brown & Griffin got cut. TE’s are important component of LaFleurs Offense, Jet Te’s couldn’t cut it.