Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Jace Amaro (22) looks for a penalty call against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Jace Amaro looking at Tony Gonzalez as a benchmark

New York Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro was one of the three most talented players at the position in the 2014 NFL Draft, and the Jets were able to snag him in the second round after adding impact safety Calvin Pryor in the first. Shaq Evans and Jalen Saunders also joined the team in the mid-rounds of the draft, so Geno Smith definitely has better weapons around him heading into his second season in the league with big offseason signing Eric Decker also joining the likes of Jeremy Kerley and No. 2 TE Jeff Cumberland.

According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, Amaro stated that he’s looking to be the next Tony Gonzalez at the position, so the Texas Red Raiders product certainly has lofty goals for himself. He said, “I’d definitely like to (model) his game. … That’s someone who I’d ultimately love to be. He’s supposedly the greatest tight end to ever play. That’s somewhere where I want to be, too.”

Amaro added, “Eventually, I’d like to do that on a consistent basis, be a tight end that catches 100 balls a year. That might be five years from now, it might be 10. That’s kind of a goal for me.”

It will be interesting to see how much success Amaro has as a rookie, because there’s some concern regarding his lateral agility. He’s a physical specimen with plenty of athletic ability and a nice size-speed combination, and his strength gives him the upside to be a solid blocker in the future. That will take some development, though, so it’s another thing to keep an eye on. Amaro has the upside to be a huge piece and mis-match maker on the Jets defense, as he can line up as a traditional tight end or- and this is his better fit right now- as a hybrid guy in the slot.

Tags: Jace Amaro New York Jets Tony Gonzalez

  • RONBO19

    First of all lets get one thing straight. yes Tony Gonzalez is without question one of the all time greats at TE. Is the the greatest ever? Personally, I say no way. Growing up in the 60′s it was my great pleasure to watch the Baltimore Colts perennial all pro TE Mr.John Mackey who was an absolute beast! In addition to he great catching ability mackey was all most impossible to bring down and his YAC would have been off the charts if that stat was kept at that time.He was also arguably one of the great blocking TE’s of his time,(probably the one area Gonzalez did not excel at) so Mackey’s over all package puts him at the very top of my list.

    • Joe Soriano

      I wish I had a chance to watch guys like Mackey play, as it would definitely give me a better sense of how to rank these guys etc. Blocking is something people just don’t appreciate enough these days at the tight end position, and hopefully Amaro can become a plus blocker.

      • RONBO19

        Joe, yeah Mackey was one of those special guys (like Jim Brown,Wilt, Oscar Robertson &,Otis Taylor to name a few) who’s talent would transcend time. He was about 6-2 maybe 6-3 about 230 pounds. Obviously with today’s nutrition and training methods he would have been even bigger.(a scary thought) There may have been a few guys with even more athletic ability since the Mackey era ended but other than Mike Ditka, I don’t remember a more determined fierce competitor.

    • Paul Newbold

      Mackey was a beast! That’s an understatement!

  • joe

    Zach Ertz gonna be one of the next greats.

    • Joe Soriano

      Ertz is going to be fun to watch, loved watching his pass-catching at Stanford.

  • AC

    Well at least this is one guy we can have some enthusiasm about. He seems pumped to be a Jet at the very least, and should be able to use his size as an advantage. That is one thing Geno definitely needs is a go to TE that has good hands and fights for the ball. It should give him another option if the WRs are not getting open and/or he is facing some quick pressure. Also having a guy out of the backfield he knows he can dump it off to should help as well. With his legs, and these new options theoretically Geno should have easier times this year.