New York Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro left practice today with a knee injury, as he was spotted with ice wrapped around his knee after limping off the field. While the injury didn’t sound too serious, it was definitely worth monitoring, since any knee injury could cause a player to miss some time.
That said, Amaro’s injury is indeed very minor and should prove to be a non-issue. According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, the second-round rookie stated that he merely aggravated an injury that we learned about in the pre-draft process, and it shouldn’t be an issue going forward. Amaro told reporters that he tweaked his patella tendon, adding that he’s expected to return on Tuesday.
This is good news for the Jets, especially since Amaro needs all the practice he can get in training camp in order to be a factor in the Jets offense. While his physical tools are excellent, he’s raw player coming out of a pure no-huddle offense while with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Reliable TE Jeff Cumberland will be the starter, as he’s more polished, especially as a blocker. But Amaro has more long-term upside and more playmaking ability right now, so he’ll spend most of his time flexed in the slot and used as a pass-catcher. I don’t think he’ll have a big rookie year, but he should do well and has Pro Bowl-caliber upside down the road as one of the top pass-catchers from this draft class.