The Dallas Cowboys sign former San Diego Charger wide receiver Javontee Herndon in a possible attempt to find themselves another special teams returner.
Late Friday, it was reported by ESPN’s Todd Archer that the Dallas Cowboys had signed former San Diego Charger wide receiver Javontee Herndon after having him work out for them just a few hours earlier.
The obvious connection Herndon has with the Cowboys is the fact he played at Arkansas, the alma mater for both owner/general manager Jerry Jones and the team’s executive vice president and director of player personnel Stephen Jones.
In fact, Herndon led Arkansas with 31 receptions for 437 yards and four touchdowns back in 2013. Undrafted following the 2014 NFL Draft, the former Razorback eventually landed on the Chargers’ practice squad.
The 6’0, 195 pound Herndon was promoted to San Diego’s active roster in November of 2015, playing eight games for Chargers. He recorded 24 receptions for 195 yards in that span, while getting to starting nod twice.
Herndon is also a special teams returner who possesses 4.4 speed. He recorded seven kick returns for 157 yards (22.4) and 11 punt returns for 81 yards (11.4) for the Chargers in 2015. Unfortunately, the 25-year old receiver was unable to play at all last season due to having knee surgery.
Herndon joins a stacked wide receiver corps in Dallas that already has locks like Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and fourth round rookie Ryan Switzer headed for their active roster. Last year, the Cowboys only carried five receivers on their final 53. That might leave just one spot open on the roster.
And competing for that possible one spot are names like Brice Butler, Andy Jones, Noah Brown, Brian Brown, Lance Lenoir and Uzoma Nwachukwu. But with the exodus of Lucky Whitehead earlier this week, the Cowboys could be looking to Herndon to provide some extra special teams help as a returner.
In order to make room for Herndon, the Cowboys waived undrafted rookie running back Jahad Thomas who has been struggling with a hamstring injury.