Tight end Jace Amaro sure was impressive to watch in college, and he is filled with tremendous potential to continue his success in professional football. He was one of the best tight ends in college history coming out of Texas Tech and is looking to establish himself as an elite athlete for his position going into his rookie NFL season. What player did he model himself after when he decided to make his career one in professional sports? None other than future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is considered by many to be one of the greatest to ever play tight end in NFL history. Despite never winning a championship, Gonzalez has broken several team and league records in addition to handling himself like a true professional on and off the field. Amaro has set his expectations incredibly high if he plans to have a legacy as big as the one Gonzalez left after his retirement. Signed with the New York Jets for the next four years, Amaro now has everything ready to go to truly start making a name for himself this upcoming season and for years to come.
Amaro is the perfect kind of tight end the Jets have wanted to have for quite some time. He’s incredibly big at 6-foot-5 and 265-pounds with many great abilities to block extremely well in the Jets’ ground-and-pound style of offense and make big plays once he has the football. While he expects to be a backup under Jeff Cumberland, Amaro will make the most of whatever playing time he gets during the regular season. He’s also put in plenty of hours doing his homework by studying players like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham to mirror the kind of style they bring to the table.
Amaro could have a breakout rookie season based on the way he’s thinking. First he’s comparing himself to Gonzalez, which is a good standard to live by since he’s striving for greatness. Secondly, he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder since he felt he should have been a first-round draft pick. He considers himself better than both Eric Ebron and Austin Seferian-Jenkins which is some elite company to compare yourself to. Finally, the sky is the limit because most Jets fans remember that Cumberland can be inconsistent and often disappears on offense as the season progresses. Amaro might be seeing much more playing time than he expects if Cumberland starts to decline steadily. All of this means great opportunities to start hauling in touchdowns and making key blocks on rushing attempts for big yardage.
One thing is for sure; Amaro is playing with the right mindset and has the ability to prove it. It’s yet to be determined if he’ll end up having a prolific career as legendary as Gonzalez, but at least he’s acting like his journey to greatness has just begun. The keys to his own destiny are in his hands, and it’s time to prove what he can do once he gets his first major opportunity to contribute when it matters most.