No. 3 Jaguars surprise roster cut: Tre Herndon, CB
The Jaguars have spent the last two seasons revamping their cornerback room. Gone are 2020 starters, C.J. Henderson, DJ Hayden, and Sidney Jones, and in are Shaquill Griffin, Tyson Campbell, and Darious Williams. One player that was part of the 2020 group was Tre Herndon. In fact, injuries to his teammates forced him to make 12 starts that year.
Besides adding Griffin and Campbell to the cornerback unit, the Jaguars’ brass also re-signed Herndon and even projected him to start at nickel. However, an MCL injury derailed his 2021 season. He sat out the first three games while he recovered and wasn’t fully healthy when he returned, which affected his performance negatively. The Jaguars’ coaching staff then turned to Rudy Ford to start at nickel and gave Herndon more time to recover.
An undrafted free agent in 2019, Herndon has shown resiliency throughout the last four years, working his way up the depth chart. The team’s brass thinks highly of him, that’s why they once again brought him back this year. However, he will face an uphill battle to get playing time and maybe even make the team due to William’s arrival.
After all, Chris Claybrooks is still on the roster, and rookies Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown will be competing for a roster spot. The surplus at cornerback could make Herndon a victim of the numbers game this offseason. On the bright side, he seems to be healthy, so he will have a fair chance in training camp.