2. Jaguars player who could find a new home in 2022 – CB Tre Herndon
Even though former Jaguars general manager David Caldwell wasn’t good at acquiring talent in the early draft, he had an eye for spotting hidden gems after the selection meeting ended. Running back James Robinson is arguably his most significant find but he wasn’t the only one. He also signed players such as safety Andrew Wingard and cornerback Tre Herndon after going undrafted.
Robinson has become a focal point on the offense and Wingard has started every game at safety this season. On the other hand, Herndon may be in his last year with the team. The Vanderbilt product didn’t play much on defense in 2018, his rookie campaign. But he worked his way up the lineup and went on to appear in all 32 games with 26 starts in the last two seasons.
Herndon was a restricted free agent this offseason but the new regime brought him back, expecting him t play nickel. However, he suffered an MCL injury in the preseason and didn’t play until Week 4. He isn’t 100 percent healthy though and he struggled, so the coaching staff decided to give Rudy Ford a look in the slot. Herndon has been inactive in the last two games, and unless Ford comes crashing down, he won’t likely see a significant amount of playing time for the rest of the season.
If Ford settles at nickel, the Jags may end up going with him next offseason and let Herndon walk in free agency.