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Chris Herndon, fourth-round pick, surprises at Jets camp

Herndon was on the practice field catching some passes from rookie, quarterback Sam Darnold.

Tight end Chris Herndon stretches before practice at

Tight end Chris Herndon stretches before practice at the Jets Atlantic Health Training Center Friday, May 4, 2018. Photo Credit: David L. Pokress

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets fourth-round pick Chris Herndon was a surprise participant in the rookie minicamp on Friday.

Herndon played only nine games for the University of Miami last season because of MCL surgery, and there was a belief that he would be brought along slowly with the Jets. But he was on the practice field catching passes from rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.

“Regardless of if I’m on the field or not, I’m going to be locked in,” Herndon said. “Mental reps are most important. Even outside of practice, I’m going to be locked in.”

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan raved about Herndon’s potential after he was drafted, and the coaches and scouts believe he might be their best pass-catching tight end.

Too many QBs

With the Jets cutting quarterback Bryce Petty, there now are four QBs on the roster. Todd Bowles was noncommittal about how many he’ll keep in 2018.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “When you have four of them, you have to make some decisions, and we’ll make them down the line.”

The Jets have Darnold, Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Hackenberg on the roster.

Asked why Petty was cut, Bowles said, “Too many quarterbacks right now. Hopefully Bryce can get with another team.” Petty was claimed by the Dolphins on Friday.

Jet streams

Matt Bazirgan, the Jets’ director of college scouting since June 2017, will become the director of player personnel for the Houston Texans. A source confirmed a Houston Chronicle report. He started his career as an area scout before moving up the ranks to director of pro personnel in 2015 under Maccagnan. After Rex Hogan left to become an executive with the Colts last summer, Maccagnan promoted Bazirgan . . . The Jets signed their sixth-round pick, running back Trenton Cannon of Virginia State. They cut running back Akeem Judd.

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