New York Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro was a nice value pick in the second round of the draft, and he could be a versatile weapon in the Jets passing attack, which boasts the deepest group of weapons this team has had in quite some time. Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, and Jalen Saunders headline the Jets wide receiver corps, and Geno Smith has a nice TE duo to work with in the reliable Jeff Cumberland and Amaro, who was a big-time playmaker in college for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
According to the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones, Amaro “limped off” the field today with an apparent knee injury, as she tweets that his knee is “wrapped in ice”. She also adds that Amaro has not looked good in his first week of training camp, which is something ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini warned us about, as he stated that it could take some time for Amaro to get used to the NFL. Cimini stated that Amaro looked like a raw rookie coming from the opposite of a pro-style offense in college during minicamp, so it isn’t a surprise to hear that he hasn’t been impressive in the early portions of training camp.
It doesn’t sound like his knee injury is overly serious, but any knee injury is worth monitoring. Let’s hope this is just a minor tweak and that he’ll be back out there in no time. His blocking will be put under a microscope when he does come back, because while he certainly has the tools to develop into a good blocking TE, his lack of experience as a blocker makes him unpolished in that regard. He has great strength and physical tools, so hopefully he can learn the playbook, adjust to the league, and make a solid impact as a rookie. That said, we shouldn’t expect Amaro to blossom until later on in his career, but, for now, the main focus is on the injury and the learning process.