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Jets have 4 internal tight end options during Chris Herndon’s suspension

Jets Wire logo Jets Wire 7/16/2019 Tyler Greenawalt

The Jets could have a tight end problem for the first four games of the season.

With Chris Herndon looking at a four-game suspension, the Jets offense lacks any real replacement for their sophomore pass-catcher. Though the team currently rosters three additional tight ends, only Eric Tomlinson registered a reception last season. The other two - Daniel Brown and rookie Trevon Wesco - combined for fewer career receptions and yards than Tomlinson in 2018.

But that doesn't mean the Jets are doomed during Herndon's suspension. For one, the Jets offense already features a bevy of potent pass-catchers and might not even need Herndon to be competitive. The Jets could also trade or sign another tight end.

In the event that doesn't happen though, here's a look at the Jets' four internal options during Herndon's absence.

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Eric Tomlinson

Tomlinson started the first five games of the 2018 season and 12 games overall. He is also the most experienced of the remaining tight ends on the roster. However, Tomlinson is primarily known as a blocking tight end and only finished with eight receptions for 72 yards in 2018.

If anything, Tomlinson will be another blocker for Darnold who will still have a wide range of targets to choose from. Between Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder, Darnold won't miss having a big-bodied receiver running around.

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Daniel Brown

Brown joined the Jets this offseason after playing the past two-and-a-half seasons with the Bears. At 6-foot-5, 247 pounds, Brown is another solid blocking tight end option that doesn't offer much receiving upside.

In 42 games since going undrafted in 2015, Brown tallied only six receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown (which came in 2016). This past season, Brown primarily played on special teams for the Bears and wasn't even targeted in the passing game. His presence on the team is more about depth at the position and on special teams.

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Trevon Wesco

Wesco's upside makes him the most appealing replacement for Herndon over the first four games. He's the smallest tight end on the roster, but his 6-foot-3, 267-pound frame still makes him one of the biggest pass-catching options the Jets have.

However, Wesco is still a raw offensive prospect. West Virginia mainly used him as a blocker and it wasn't until his senior season that Wesco saw consistent targets. It might take more than four games for Wesco to develop into a solid pass-catching tight end, but with Herndon out it might be good to test his skills early and see what the Jets have in their fourth-round pick.

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Quincy Enunwa

This is an unconventional option, if only because Enunwa is a wide receiver and has already stated he'd like to continue playing as one. However, Enunwa has lined up in the Y position as a tight end in the past and could do so again if called upon in situational formations.

At 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, Enunwa could theoretically play the role of a tight end without actually being a tight end. Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder could split out wide, and Enunwa could play closer to the line if the Jets wanted all three wideouts on the field at once.

It's unlikely, but stranger formations have been used in the past.


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