No. 2 Jaguars player who may not make the team: Tre Herndon, CB.
After going undrafted in 2018, cornerback Tre Herndon signed with the Jaguars. He mostly played special teams in his rookie campaign but made a combined 26 starts the following two seasons. The Vanderbilt product was set to start at nickel last season but suffered an MCL injury in the preseason.
Herndon made his 2021 debut against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4 but hadn’t fully recovered and went on to allow five receptions for 63 yards and an 83.3 percent completion rate. He didn’t fare much better the next three weeks, which led to a decrease in playing time for the remainder of the year.
You could argue that Herndon wasn’t fully healthy for most of the 2021 season and that would be right. But it’s also worth noting that the Jaguars found a solid replacement in Rudy Ford during his absence and the two might need to compete for a roster spot in training camp and the battle could last until the preseason. If that wasn’t enough, Herndon might need to fend off a couple of rookie corners, Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown.
Bringing back Herndon on a one-year deal made sense before the draft due to his starting experience. He would be a solid depth piece in the Jaguars’ cornerback room. On the other hand, the team’s brass might want to roll with younger players at the position, which in turn could make Herndon a victim of the numbers game.