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|The Jets drafted Jace Amaro in the second round of the 2014 draft, expecting big things from the former Texas Tech Red Raider. However Amaro often looked lost while adjusting to the pro game as a rookie, and suffered a lost season as a sophomore when a preseason shoulder injury earned him a trip to the IR. The team did nothing to address the tight end position this off-season despite last season’s group catching all of 8 passes, meaning they are counting on getting at least some production from Amaro. Off-season reports have been mostly positive as his blocking is somewhat improved prompting local beat writers to predict an impact role for him in 2016. His skill set fits the Gailey offense as he’s more of a big wide receiver than a traditional lumbering tight end. Watch for Amaro this preseason and see if the Jets are incorporating the tight end into the gameplan. If he looks like he can handle the role and has earned the coaching staff’s trust, he’s well worth a late-round flier.
|Jace Amaro off to a strong start in camp|
Jets looking for third option to go with Marshall, Decker
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 1, 4:35 pm
|Jace Amaro has stood out during the early days of Jets training camp. He is making a lot of catches, including a few diving ones, and has been a noticeable target in red-zone drills. The Jets are searching for another target in their offense besides Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Amaro could be that missing piece. Amaro spent this offseason at his home in San Antonio working on his run blocking, catching a ton of footballs and concentrating on nutrition. He said he is down about 10 pounds, from 270 last year in camp to 260 this year. (New York Post)|
FFToday's Take: Amaro has shown next to nothing in two years as a pro, struggling to catch the ball as a rookie in 2014 before missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. Even though the current regime did not draft him, Amaro is a perfect fit in OC Chan Gailey's spread offense, and there will be plenty of opportunity for him to have an impact with defenses focused on Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte. If he can avoid another injury, he's got real upside as a TE2.