The New York Jets could use a tight end that not only scores plenty of touchdowns but also elevates their passing game. Expect a breakout year by tight end Jace Amaro.
Last year, the New York Jets had the worst production out of their tight end positional group not just in franchise history but across the entire NFL. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey utilized his tight ends as run blockers to help establish the run but it could have also been since the talent at the positional group simply wasn’t there.
Unfortunately for tight end Jace Amaro, he was hit with a season-ending shoulder injury before the regular season even started. He sat out the whole year but despite the injury, it actually could have been a blessing in disguise.
Since he was rehabbing, he spent a ton of time going over game film, the offensive playbook and did his best to truly grasp the philosophy of Gailey’s system. The game of professional football is as much physical as it is mental.
One of Amaro’s problems were dropping easy passes but again, transitioning into the NFL isn’t easy for every player that gets drafted out of college. Amaro did put up some good numbers at Texas Tech in the three seasons while he was there and if healthy, can bring some good production to the Jets’ offense.
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Amaro totaled 1,818 receiving yards, 138 receptions and 13 touchdowns.
He was mostly known for making big receptions as he totaled an average of 13.2 yards per catch.
Even though Amaro missed all of last season with the Jets, he is undoubtedly prepared to do his best to finally live up to his potential and put everything together.
Gailey more than likely didn’t use his tight ends as other teams usually do last season possibly because Amaro was out. There is no doubt that if he was able to play, he would have caught a few big receptions and even become a red-zone threat.
As that is now all in the past, Amaro should have a breakout year since he’s easily the best tight end the Jets have heading into the regular season. If he can use his 6’5, 260 pound body like he did in college, he could be a major catalyst on offense for the Jets in 2016.