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Scouting Report: New WR Herndon Has Limited Speed, But Solid Tools

Name:Javontee Herndon
Position:  WR
College: Arkansas
Height: 6-1
Weight: 197
Draft: Undrafted in 2015

Games Studied: 2015 for the San Diego Chargers, vs. Kansas City (twice) Miami, Denver (twice)

  • Did not play during the 2016 season due to a knee injury.
  • Herndon showed physical toughness with the ball in his hands. He was used on jet sweeps and screens. The coaches felt he had the ability to make plays on the move.
  • He would rather lower his shoulder than try to avoid tacklers. Has some finish to his game.
  • Doesn't have great playing speed or quickness. Pace of play is steady -- nothing special. You would like to see him faster, but it's just not there. He has to be good with his hands because he is not gifted enough to separate.
  • Doesn't have foot or lateral quickness. No real burst to speak of. No stop-start ability. Not going to drive defenders or scare them.
  • Has the trait of body control/balance. He did a nice job of laying out for a ball against Aqib Talib of the Broncos along the sideline. He was able to extend to bring the ball in when it appeared too wide.
  • Herndon plays with situational awareness. He gights for extra yards at the sticks. It's just that he's limited getting there.
  • Will take his routes inside and across the field. Had a miss in the Chiefs game where the ball was a bit behind him. Courage to catch the ball in a crowd. Gets what he can.
  • Overall natural hands with ability to catch in them. Will extend to make plays on the ball. Better job later in the season coming back to the ball.
  • Lined up in the slot and on the outside. Used in their scheme as if he was a smaller/quicker player, but that wasn't the case.
  • This is a veteran player that understands the grind of camp. When given a chance he would compete, but he's just limited with his speed.
  • Has experience as a punt and kick returner.
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