Jets starting TE Chris Herndon suspended, will miss opener versus the Bills

July 12, 2019 - 3:34 pm

With Rob Gronkowski retired, Jets tight end Chris Herndon is probably the best tight end in the AFC East. The Patriots haven't done much of anything to replace Gronk, the Dolphins have no one noteworthy, and the Bills have a couple of rookies and a banged up Tyler Kroft.

Chris Herndon had as good a rookie season as you see tight ends have. Starting 12-games for the Jets, Herndon had 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns. That ranked first, second, and first among rookie tight ends last season. Baltimore's Mark Andrews had 50 more yards.

Today, we found out that Herndon will be suspended, and miss the early portion of his sophomore season.

Herndon's suspension stems from a DUI from June 2nd, 2018. He was speeding at over 100 mph and his car nearly rolled over. Ian Rapoport reports that the suspension was supposed to be two games, but was upped to four after a woman at the scene of the crash claimed bodily harm.

Barring any appeals, Herndon will not suit up in the season opener against the Bills. The other Jet tight-ends combined for eight receptions last season. They did draft Trevon Wesco in the fourth round, so it's possible he'd get the start.

Whoever ends up starting for the Jets at tight end on September 8th, the Bills will catch a break by not having to see Herndon. Not only did he put up good production in his rookie season, but he's been constantly talked up this offseason.

The Bills have questions at tight end as well. It's not known whether Tyler Kroft will be healthy by the opener, or what they'll get out of rookies Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney.

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