Herndon was lucky to be alive after cops say the 22-year-old smashed into another auto on a New Jersey highway on June 2, 2018 after he was speeding at more than 100 miles per hour. Herndon will participate in training camp and the preseason but go on the suspended list in Week One. He will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Monday, Oct. 7, following the team's Oct. 6 game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. According to police reports obtained by Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media, Herndon crashed his SUV into another in Rockaway Township, NJ.
Herndon impressed as a rookie, finishing second on the Jets with 502 receiving yards, which also ranked second among rookie tight ends. The test revealed a blood-alcohol level over New Jersey's limit of.08, according to State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele. NFL Network reported that a woman who was at the scene later claimed she was injured and that contributed to the suspension being longer than the typical two games for a first-time offender. Plus, his driver's license was revoked for 90 days.
The suspension essentially removes the tight end position from the Jets' passing attack for the first four weeks of the season. He led all first-year players at his position with 39 receptions, catching four touchdowns in the process. Remaining on New York's depth chart are Daniel Brown, Trevon Wesco and Eric Tomlinson, who are all considered primarily to be blocking tight ends.