With news of the Jets re-signing tight end Ryan Griffin to a brand new 3-year deal worth up to $10.8 million, quarterback Sam Darnold should be feeling pretty good about what the future holds for him and his offense at tight end when Chris Herndon returns from injured reserve in 2020.
A healthy Herndon paired with Griffin would give the Jets a 1-2 punch at tight end that could rival any duo they’ve ever fielded. In Herndon, the Jets have a multi-dimensional tight end who put up 502 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 starts as a rookie. Meanwhile, Griffin is in the midst of what should be a career year in season one with the Jets.
Griffin’s 4 touchdowns already doubles his previous career high of two and with 269 yards, there’s every reason to believe Griffin will surpass his highest total of 442 yards (2016) as he becomes a bigger part of the Jets offense. In fact, through the Jets first six games of the year, Griffin had just 46 yards receiving. In the four games since, he has logged 223.
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While Griffin is nowhere close to being the blocker Herndon is, there’s no reason why Gang Green shouldn’t be able to multiple tight end sets consistently with both options being legitimate targets.
With Griffin signed, it’s time for the Jets to turn their attention toward the likes of Jordan Jenkins, Brian Poole, and if Adam Gase can figure out a way to get him involved in the offense, Robby Anderson.