No. 3 most important Jaguars non-starter in 2022: Tre Herndon, CB
Former Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell wasn’t very good at identifying talent in the draft but he excelled at spotting hidden gems after its conclusion. Running back James Robinson is arguably the most prominent example but cornerback Tre Herndon has also turned out to be a solid contributor.
The Vanderbilt product hardly played defense in his rookie campaign but he joined the starting lineup in 2019 and went on to play 86 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. The following year, he made 12 starts and appeared in 91 percent of the defensive snaps. Herndon was set to start at nickel last offseason but an MCL injury forced him to sit the first three games of the season and wasn’t fully healthy the remainder of the year, which led him to lose his job to Rudy Ford.
The Jaguars’ brass recognizes the value of Herndon, which is why they gave him a one-year deal in the offseason. The fifth-year veteran will step into a reserve role with Tyson Campbell, Shaquill Griffin, and Darious Williams slated to start. He will probably enter the season as the No. 4 cornerback on the depth chart and will most likely see playing time in dime packages.
But if one of the Jaguars’ top cornerbacks suffers an injury during the regular season, they can seamlessly plug Hernon into the starting lineup, regardless of the position since he has previously lined up inside and in the boundaries.