The New York Jets made a bold statement when they released tight end Jace Amaro to get their final roster down to the best 53 players possible. What happens now at the position?
Let’s face it, tight end Jace Amaro simply didn’t warrant a spot on the final roster of the New York Jets. It’s nothing personal, it just comes down to the basic fundamentals of football. If a player is unable to prove they’re capable of making big plays consistently, it’s not worth keeping them around if it makes it harder for the team to achieve success.
Amaro was rightfully cut since his dropped passes, defeated look on the sideline after almost every play, and the fact that he wasn’t a very good tight end boiled down to his dismissal. With Amaro out of the picture, the Jets now turn to Kellen Davis to be their new starter at the position.
For depth, the Jets kept Brandon Bostick and worked the waiver wire over the weekend to bring even more talent to the position. The Jets added tight ends Brian Parker and Braedon Bowman to the mix with hopes of maybe finding a diamond in the rough.
It’s highly unlikely the Jets actually keep all four tight ends but it was a very good idea to bring these new guys in for evaluation and see what they’re capable of. Now that the Jets have some options at the position, what exactly will happen at tight end for the team heading into the regular season?
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The answer is simple: Nothing will change.
As much as fans of the Jets want to see a top tight end run receiving plays straight into the end zone, the truth of the matter is, expect to see them blocking more than anything else.
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey only uses tight ends for blocking to help establish the run, which was evident in 2016.
Considering the Jets will run the football heavily, it will be the primary theme on offense in 2016 for the Jets.
With running back Matt Forte leading the way, expect to see the Jets’ offensive playbook rely heavily on the run.
Don’t expect to see any of the aforementioned tight ends wreaking havoc in 2016.
Since the talent is sub par compared to the better options across the NFL, the Jets would be best advised to keep things the way they are. They should rely heavily on the run, utilize their much-improved wide receiver corps to keep those chains moving, and continue to put quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in a position to once again thrive in.
Overall, the Jets will be just fine offensively, even if their tight end situation leaves much to be desired. Perhaps in another year or two, they’ll either bring in a premier tight end via free agency or draft someone that’s ready to bring some consistent production. It won’t be easy but at least for now, tight ends on the Jets will more than likely enjoy a season filled with blocking, more blocking, and contributing nothing but blocking on offense for the most part.