Chris Herndon

Chris Herndon

25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Minnesota Vikings
2021 Fantasy Outlook
You've probably heard of the "post-hype breakout", but it's the post-Gase breakout that's all the rage these days. Ryan Tannehill, DeVante Parker, Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams all went on to bigger and better things without Adam Gase, who was friendly to nobody besides slot receivers during his time in Miami and New York. Herndon, a 2018 fourth-round pick, had 502 yards and four TDs as a rookie under then-coach Todd Bowles, before a DWI charge and hamstring injury limited the tight end to one appearance in Gase's first season with the Jets. Herndon bounced back to play all 16 games and 68 percent of the Jets' offensive snaps last year, yet saw only 45 targets on 311 routes (14.5 percent). He then entered the spring as New York's starting tight end, before quickly falling out of favor with the new coaching staff. Herndon eventually was traded to Minnesota, where he and Tyler Conklin will try to carry the torch while Irv Smith recovers from season-ending meniscus surgery. Herndon figures to start off a in a small role, if that, while Conklin should be prepped for a much larger workload early on. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.17 million contract with the Jets in May of 2018. Traded to the Vikings in August of 2021.
Taken off COVID list
TEMinnesota Vikings
January 14, 2022
The Vikings activated Herndon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.
ANALYSIS
Herndon is healthy for the offseason after missing Week 18. He played in each of Minnesota's first 16 games in 2021, but was targeted only five times while averaging 11.5 snaps per contest. Herndon turns 26 in February, and 60 percent of his career receiving yards (502 of 836) came during his 2018 rookie campaign. He'll become an unrestricted free agent in March if he doesn't re-sign with Minnesota first.
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How do Chris Herndon's 2021 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
1.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.17
 
% Team Air Yards
0.6%
 
% Team Targets
1.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
4.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
57.1%
 
Drop Rate
28.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.8
 
% Targeted On Route
9.0%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.51
 
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Snap Counts
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#% of Team Snaps

87581%
10995%
17116%
87%
14513%
76%
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How often does Chris Herndon run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Chris Herndon and the other tight ends for the Vikings are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Chris Herndon
78 routes   7 targets
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46%
444 routes   87 targets
51%
15 routes   1 target
19%
19 routes   2 targets
13%
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
Herndon was the Murphy's Law star of 2019, with a promising rookie campaign giving way to a disastrous sophomore effort. Initially sidelined by a four-game suspension, Herndon then injured his hamstring two days before he was to make his season debut. He didn't play until Week 10, when he suffered a broken rib that sent him to IR. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ryan Griffin caught five TDs, earning a threeyear, $9.55 million extension. Herndon may now find himself battling for a starting job, though a closer look at his rookie season inspires optimism. The fourth-round pick became one of just 12 TEs in the last 20 years to reach 500 yards as a rookie, and he did it with a 10.0 aDOT that was third-deepest among 17 TEs with 50-plus targets. Herndon accrued more than two-thirds of his yards in the second half of the season, and his mark of 1.65 yards per route would translate to TE1 value in an every-down role (he was limited to 39 snaps and 19 routes per game). Jets coach Adam Gase does expect his tight ends to pass block, but the Jets aren't exactly loaded with receiving talent, so Herndon could still be a primary target for Sam Darnold.
Expectations were low for Herndon's rookie season last year, coming out of Miami as a fourth-round pick who was overshadowed by David Njoku for much of his college career. But Herndon's debut campaign was a definite hit, as he quickly took over the starting job in New York and outproduced a slew of rookie tight ends who were drafted before him. Among tight ends with at least 30 receptions, Herndon was seventh in yards per target at 9.0 and fourth in average depth of target at 10.0, proving to be far more than a dump-off specialist for Sam Darnold. New head coach Adam Gase has been effusive with praise for Herndon this offseason, and it's not like the Jets are overloaded with sure things at any of the wide receiver spots. Someone is going to grow into the team's most dynamic target for Darnold; why not the 6-4, 253, Herndon? That possible outcome will have to wait, however, as Herndon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 regular season. Once he's back though, he has a chance to become an impact player in his second season.
Herndon may well find himself contributing right away for a Jets team that let starting 2017 tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins walk in free agency. The rookie fourth-rounder out of Miami could have perhaps gone even higher on draft day if not for a late-season MCL tear that prevented him from strutting his stuff at the combine. Herndon is back at full health and has been participating in OTAs without any limitations, so look for the pass-catching tight end to compete for the starting gig with the likes of Clive Walford, Jordan Leggett and Eric Tomlinson.
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Not available for finale
TEMinnesota Vikings
Illness
January 9, 2022
The Vikings didn't reinstate Herndon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Sunday's game against the Bears, Will Ragatz of SI.com reports.
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Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list
TEMinnesota Vikings
Illness
January 4, 2022
Herndon (neck) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.
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Injures neck on SNF
TEMinnesota Vikings
Neck
January 2, 2022
Herndon (neck) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Green Bay.
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No targets Week 13
TEMinnesota Vikings
December 6, 2021
Herndon played 13 offensive snaps and wasn't targeted during Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Lions.
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No targets in Sunday's loss
TEMinnesota Vikings
November 29, 2021
Herndon didn't record a target during Sunday's 34-26 loss to the 49ers.
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