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09/11/14 - TE Jace Amaro's career got off to a quiet start last Sunday, when he had two catches for seven yards and played just 21 of the Jets' 70 offensive snaps in a 19-14 win over the Raiders.
Of course, the Jets didn't spend a second-round draft pick on Amaro to use him less than one-third of the time. Ryan said Wednesday that he didn't want to guarantee a particular snap count for Amaro but that the rookie -- whose performance improved dramatically throughout training camp -- will almost surely see more time going forward.
"We know Jace is a good football player," Ryan said. "And we'll definitely use him. Will he play more than 20 snaps? That's certainly a possibility."
09/08/14 - TE Jace Amaro made his NFL debut Sunday, when he had two catches for seven yards in the Jets' 19-14 win over the Raiders. Amaro had a four-yard catch in the second quarter and pulled in a three-yard reception in the fourth quarter.
07/30/14 - TE Jace Amaro (knee) was injured during a 7-on-7 drill on July 27 and missed two practices before returning July 30.
06/06/14 - TE Jace Amaro could have made a better first impression on his new boss.
Jets owner Woody Johnson attended Wednesday's OTA session, during which Amaro -- the record-setting tight end the Jets selected in the second round of last month's draft -- dropped several passes.
Amaro's struggles also caught the eye of the guy Amaro really has to worry about impressing: Head coach Rex Ryan, who called out Amaro during the opening statement of his post-practice press conference.
"Jace had like three drops today," Ryan said. "And I'm like, wait a second, he did catch 106 balls, right?"
He certainly did; last year, when he set an FBS record for tight ends with 1,352 receiving yards as a junior at Texas Tech. And while that performance convinced the Jets to take Amaro, his collegiate numbers no longer matter -- something Amaro understood the moment he decided to forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the draft.
"I have high standards," Amaro told reporters. "I could have stayed and just been comfortable for one more year. But I chose not to and I'm ready for the challenge."
The bright side for Amaro? Looking and feeling overwhelmed is a rite of passage for most rookies.
"He had three drops, it wasn't a good thing," Ryan said. "But he's really been looking good until today. There (are) moments with each guy (in which) you can say some real positive things. And then you've got some with growing pains."
05/12/14 - The Jets will be getting a motivated player in Jace Amaro, who believed he should have been in the discussion as the best tight end in the draft along with North Carolina's Eric Ebron. But while Ebron went 10th overall to the Lions, Amaro remained on the board until deep into the second round despite a record-setting season at Texas Tech, where he had 106 catches for 1,352 yards -- the most receiving yards ever for a tight end at the FBS level. "I was the best guy," Amaro said Friday night. "I was the most versatile." - The Sports Xchange