New York Jets: Things to know about new OL Nate Herbig

The Jets hit the waiver wire to bolster their offensive line depth last week, claiming Nate Herbig from the Eagles.

Herbig essentially replaces Greg Van Roten as interior depth after Van Roten was released for salary cap space. The 23-year-old Herbig is still coming into his own, though, and offers New York plenty in versatility and upside.

Here are five things to know about the newest member of Gang Green’s offensive line.

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Herbig is one of 11 players from Hawaii currently playing in the NFL. He was born in Lihue and grew up in Kalaheo before moving from Kauai to Oahu. Herbig made the move after his freshman year of high school so he could play at state powerhouse Saint Louis School.

Eventful recruitment

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Herbig’s recruitment coming out of Saint Louis School featured plenty of moving parts. He originally committed to play at Stanford, but backed off his pledge at the end of his senior season. California and Washington then jumped into the picture, but Herbig ultimately decided to circle back to Stanford and signed with David Shaw’s program.

Standout at Stanford

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Herbig was one of the best offensive linemen in the Pac-12 during his three seasons at Stanford. Herbig earned freshman All-American honors from ESPN after playing 13 games and making six starts at left guard. He moved to right guard as a sophomore and received a first-team All-Pac-12 selection. Herbig’s final season at Stanford was injury-riddled, but he still managed to earn all-conference recognition after making six starts at right guard and a start at right tackle.

Problematic pre-draft process

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Herbig was originally projected as a mid-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. However, his combine performance tanked his draft stock, as he struggled in drills and ran a combine-worst 5.41 40-yard dash. Herbig ultimately went undrafted and signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent.

Earning a spot with the Eagles

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Herbig appeared in 33 games and made 17 starts with the Eagles from 2019-21. He made the 53-man roster as a rookie and played in just two games in 2019 before breaking into the starting lineup for the first time in Philadephia’s 2020 opener against Washington. Herbig remained a mainstay in the Eagles’ offensive line rotation before he was waived on May 4.

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