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Jets TE Chris Herndon says DWI charge ‘not who I am’

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. Credit: David L. Pokress

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Jets rookie tight end Chris Herndon said Tuesday his arrest on charges of DWI and careless driving last weekend in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, isn’t reflective of him as a person.

“Just not who I am,” Herndon said after OTA practice. “I can’t really speak on some of that.”

Herndon, a 2018 fourth-round pick from Miami crashed his Nissan Armada into a Toyota Land Cruiser that was transporting another vehicle on Interstate 80 West in Rockaway Township, according to New Jersey State Police. Herndon was not injured in the crash and has practiced the last two days.

Herndon’s arrest is the eighth incident involving a Jets’ player with law enforcement in the last 13 months. Todd Bowles said he doesn’t believe the Jets have a discipline problem or should change how they evaluate players coming out of college.

“We know this growing up, this is not when you just get into the league,” Bowles said. “We learn this in class in high school or junior high school. It’s not like this is (just) coming about. DUI is a problem nationwide. This is not a football problem, we have had a guy who had a DUI and we’ve had some people in the past (with issues), no different than a lot of people. That doesn’t make it okay.”Injury updates

Cornerback Morris Claiborne missed Tuesday’s practice with a bruised left hand. Claiborne watched practice while wearing a soft black cast. Bowles said Claiborne is “supposed be” ready for training camp. Bowles wasn’t as confident about the health of wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Pryor underwent a minor procedure on his right ankle and Jenkins had an undisclosed health issue, and Bowles said he’s not sure if Pryor or Jenkins will be ready for the start of training camp.

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Jets cut defensive tackle Claude Pelon and signed defensive tackle Chris Jones . . . QB Josh McCown got first-team reps, followed by Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold . . . Bowles yelled at the team for messing up during a late game/situational drill . . . S Jamal Adams intercepted a Darnold pass and picked up a tackle for loss during a strong practice.

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