Now that training camp has wrapped up, and the Chargers are entering their second preseason game of the offseason, the 53-man roster is starting to sort itself out.
Although the team seems to be stacked at the wide receiver position, there is one young player worth keeping an eye on: Second-year wideout Javontee Herndon.
Here’s a little background information on him prior to joining the Bolts.
Herndon attended the University of Arkansas from 2010-2013. During the 2012 college football season, he appeared in every game. A junior at the time, he finished the season with 21 receptions for 304 yards and three touchdowns. As a senior, Herndon eclipsed the numbers he achieved the previous season by registering 31 receptions for 437 yards with four touchdowns. Over his four-year collegiate career, the former Razorback totaled 62 receptions for 910 yards with seven receiving touchdowns.
The 24-year-old went undrafted in 2014. He was then signed to an undrafted free-agent deal with the Chargers. He unfortunately did not crack the 53-man roster and spent last year on the practice squad. Now with the 2015 regular season on the horizon, the possibility of Herndon making the roster is once again up in the air. But I’m telling you that he can surely make it.
Despite only returning seven punts while in college, he impressed with some solid returns against the Dallas Cowboys in the first preseason game. Herndon had a nifty 30-yard punt return to the middle of the field. He also had a few other returns that really tell me that he wants to prove to the NFL world that he belongs on a roster.
In his presser to the media on Friday, head coach Mike McCoy spoke about liking Herndon’s work ethic.
“I think he’s worked extremely hard, all last year…on the practice squad,” McCoy said following Thursday’s preseason contest. “The success he had last night in the return game didn’t surprise me at all.”
As you can tell, McCoy is taking notice of Herndon’s approach to making an impact. As a head coach, it would be really difficult to not notice his effort to make the squad. The fact that McCoy wasn’t surprised by his play last Thursday shows that the youngster has caught the eyes of the coaching staff.
As mentioned above, this is only his second year in the NFL. Meaning, he is still eligible for the practice should he not make the roster.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we’re witnessing with Javontee Herndon. I will be rooting hard for this kid.
– Richie Farley