Things didn't go according to plan for Chris Herndon in 2019.
The Jets tight end was suspended four games for violating the NFL's PED policy, missed another four games with a hamstring injury, then fractured his ribs only 16 snaps into his season debut, ending his season.
Without Herndon, Ryan Griffin stepped up.
Griffin, 30, was a late offseason signing of the Jets last July. He did so well that he signed a three-year extension with the team by November. In 13 total games, Griffin had 34 catches for 320 yards and five touchdowns, a career-high.
If everything goes according to plan for Gang Green this offseason, the Jets could have both players in the fold next season. That's not something Griffin told the team's website he's worried about, though. Instead, he's excited about the prospect.
"I'm excited for Chris to get back. He's very versatile and can do a lot of things very well in this league," Griffin said.
Griffin also said thinks head coach Adam Gase will benefit from both being healthy.
"When we're both out there I think it opens up the playbook for Coach Gase," Griffin said.
And if Griffin is excited, Herndon must be chomping at the bit to get out there with his team. Prior to his brief return last year, he was already antsy about missing time.
"I've been itching to get back out there. At the end of the day, this is the sport I love, that I've loved for years, so not being able to be out there has definitely been crushing to me," Herndon said in November. "Whatever part of the game plan they have me in, if they decide to let me go, I'll just do the best that I can and make the most of any opportunities."
The Jets will certainly welcome an added weapon for quarterback Sam Darnold in 2020 after the team finished as the worst offense in the NFL last season. Plus, Herndon is viewed as an all-around tight end that can block as well.
And that's an area the Jets need to focus on while addressing their offensive struggles. Pro Football Focus ranked the injury-riddled Jets' offensive line as the fourth-worst united in the NFL last season. Herndon will help, but the trenches cannot be overlooked.