I can’t remember the last time the New York Jets had a Pro-Bowl tight end; it’s been a while. They have had good to serviceable tight ends, but they have never had the likes of an Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski . When the Jets chose Texas Tech‘s Jace Amaro they were hoping to find the star tight end that has been eluding them for all of these years. After he was drafted, Amaro was asked about the expectations for his NFL career and said that he wants to be the next Tony Gonzalez. It’s great to have those kind of expectations, but if he could live up to them that would be even better.
The Jets lacked weapons in the 2013 season and that is obvious. Going into the 2014 season, the Jets have filled their weaknesses with players who are capable of making plays and that is all you can ask for. The players are there, and now it is up to them to make the most of their opportunity. Amaro is one of the guys I expect to shine for the Jets this season once he becomes comfortable with the new NFL style of play. Amaro could line up as a WR or the Jets can use him in packages that include two TEs so he is going to get his chance to impress.
There is a good amount of pressure for the rookie to come out of the gate strong. The Jets need him to be another weapon in their offense and to step up to help out QB Geno Smith when he finds himself in trouble. I don’t expect Amaro to be a top-5 or even a top-10 tight end right away, but this season he should at least show fans why he was selected in the second round.
If the Jets plan on having a top-10 offense in the NFL within the next year or two, they need help from every position and that includes Amaro along with Eric Decker and Chris Johnson. Amaro had a crazy 106 catches at Texas Tech, and if he could get to half that number in 2014 that would give the Jets a well-balanced attack through the air. The Jets need Amaro to live up to the hype and become their own version of the future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez.