It’s no secret that the New Orleans Saints needed more from the tight end position in 2021.
So, it’s no surprise that the Saints added Chris Herndon, on Tuesday, to a tight end room that is aiming for improvement in 2022.
Saints are signing TE Chris Herndon, according to a source. Herndon had a great rookie season for the Jets in 2018, racking up 502 yards. Some potential there. @rapsheet had it first.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) August 2, 2022
Herndon, 26, played last season with the Minnesota Vikings. He only caught four passes for 40 yards in 16 games of action. However, last season’s struggles don’t define who Herndon is as a player.
As a rookie with the New York Jets in 2018, Herndon amassed 502 yards and, 32 catches and four scorers. His performance earned him All-Rookie Team honors.
He aimed to build on his 2018 success, but injuries stunted his production in 2019. And in 2020, Herndon caught 31 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown.
Last season in Minnesota, Herndon appeared in merely 17 percent of offensive snaps. He never received a real opportunity to make a difference in the passing game — the same way he did during his rookie season.
Now, in New Orleans, he has an opportunity to make a difference with a group that wasn’t the highlight of New Orleans’ offense.
Last season, the group of Adam Trautman, Juwan Johnson and Nick Vannett didn’t produce enough offensively. 19 other tight ends possessed better individual production than the Saints’ 2021 group.
At 6-foot-4, Herndon has prototypical size at the tight end position to make a difference for a team desperate for it.
Regardless of if he’s on the team for long, New Orleans needs a productive tight end battle during training camp. It can only make the group better.
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