This offseason, the Jets let TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins go in free agency as they decided not to pay an extra $1 million. Instead, he went to the Jaguars on a two-year, $10 million deal.
Instead, the Jets signed former Raiders TE Clive Walford, but his stats don't jump off the page. They also hope that 2017 fifth-rounder Jordan Leggett can stay healthy this season.
But another player has now been brought into the mix as Seferian-Jenkins replacement in 2018 fourth-round pick Chris Herndon.
Herndon played three seasons for the Miami Hurricanes, and has flashed his ability to be a playmaker. Could he impact the Jets as much as ASF? He is willing to work toward that goal.
"I'm committed. I'm a hard worker, and I'm a very focused person, so with all that put together, you have a pretty good player, if you ask me," Herndon told The Post's George Willis.
There is a lot of work ahead for Herndon, though, as he is recovering from knee surgery that he underwent to repair the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Spending a fourth-round pick on Herndon shows the Jets' confidence that he will be the same player he was in college following his recovery.
Herndon says his knee is healing well as he is participating in full workouts.
"I've been jumping, I've been cutting, I feel like I'm good to go," he said.
The Jets, though, likely won't push Herndon to participate in OTAs, and depending on how he feels, in camp. But the hope is Herndon's potential can provide the Jets with the impact ASJ did in just his one season with Gang Green.
Herndon played in 11 games last season, missing the final two to undergo his knee surgery. He totaled 40 receptoins for 477 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season.