New York Jets: Adam Gase loves his tight end Chris Herndon

Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

New York Jets coach Adam Gase is at the Combine and still reviewing what his new team has to offer. One guy he loves is tight end Chris  Herndon.

The off-season is upon us, New York Jets fans. Can you believe we are already entrenched in the NFL Combine? It feels like the season just ended. OK maybe it just did, but still, it feels like a long time ago.

Well it’s here, and all of the teams are in Indianapolis talking free agents and watching the next college class go through their paces. They will be interviewed, measured, weighed, and run all over the football field.

The head coaches also get interviewed as well. For Adam Gase it really is only the second time we have heard from him since he has been hired. So this is an interesting time to listen to coach Gase.

How is he feeling about the roster? What does he like? Where are the strong players and where might he like to improve?

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A particular comment of note came when Gase talked about tight end Chris Herndon.

Everybody was impressed last season, considering him one of the core offensive players along with Sam Darnold, Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa.

What does coach Gase think of Herndon? He is pretty impressed:

"“He’s a unicorn type of player,” Gase said of Herndon. “You don’t see a lot of these players that can do all three phases of the game.” “Chris is unique,” Gase continued during his remarks Wednesday at the NFL Combine workouts in Indianapolis. “I don’t think you’ll find a lot of tight ends that are able to be on the field all three downs. Obviously, he’s a very good receiver, he’s very good in the run game, and he did a really good job in pass protection last year. “And I think he helps the other guys that are there, the receivers, to where people have to account for him and he may dictate some different coverages.”"

Gase isn’t the only one. I think every fan that watched this team in 2018 understands what Herndon brings to the table.

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It’s not hard to like Herndon. He was named to the All-Rookie team for Pro Football Focus. He posted 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns. At 12.9 yards per reception, he represents a great short to intermediate target for Darnold that helps open Robby Anderson deep.

Gase is supposed to be an offensive guru. He’s got a core of offensive players. Let’s see what he can do. I’m looking forward to it.