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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
05/12/14 - Perhaps sensitive to the growing perception that he is reluctant to make bold moves, Idzik mentioned numerous times during his press conferences on Thursday, Friday and Saturday that he tried to trade up -- particularly on Friday, when the Jets used the 49th overall pick on tight end Jace Amaro. Of course, Idzik didn't say who he was trying to get when he attempted to move up on Friday. But given the Jets' need for pass-catching weapons -- and that they eventually selected Amaro -- it's a good bet that Idzik had his eyes on wide receiver Marquis Lee, who went to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 39. "We just wanted to put ourselves into a good position to have alternatives," Idzik said. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 2/49 -- Jace Amaro, TE, 6-5, 265, Texas Tech...The Jets are finally part of the tight end revolution. Amaro's numbers were certainly aided by Texas Tech's spread offense -- he set an FBS record with 1,352 receiving yards last season -- but there's no questioning he has the size and skill set of the modern day tight end. Amaro has 34-inch arms and lined up in the slot almost 90 percent of the time at Texas Tech. Time will tell if he has a Jimmy Graham-type impact on the Jets, but he will be an immediate asset in a suddenly viable passing game. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 49/2. *Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech, 6-5, 265, 4.70, 2...Amaro set the NCAA record for single-season total receiving yards and yards per game by a tight end (1,352/104 per). A big, fluid athlete, Amaro lined up mostly in the slot and used his thick body to gain position in coverage and used his large, soft hands to attack the ball in the air. He is a balanced route-runner and dangerous after the catch, even if defenders get both hands on him. Frankly: If you are looking for somebody to create a size/speed mismatch in that inside slot, as he did in college, Amaro's your man. But if you are looking for a tight end who can help with in-line blocking he is the wrong candidate. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com