"Eventually, I'd like to do that on a consistent basis, be a tight end that catches 100 balls a year," said Jace Amaro, who signed a four-year, $4.3 million contract with the Jets before his first practice. "That might be five years from now, it might be 10. That's kind of a goal for me."
"A guy with that kind of size (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) and his kind of skills ... absolutely, he'll add to our passing game," coach Rex Ryan said. "Those guys are hard to cover."
Amaro caught several passes in the opening practice, prompting Ryan to say afterward, "Looks like Marty (Mornhinweg) thinks he has a new toy, and we're trying to feature him."
For Amaro, the key is relearning football fundamentals. Because he was often flexed out in the Texas Tech offense, he lined up in a three-point stance only about 15 percent of the time, according to his estimate. On Friday, he got a heavy dose of work in a three-point stance, but the plan is to make him a receiving tight end, complementing incumbent Jeff Cumberland.
Amaro is a nice dynasty prospect and has a great opportunity in front of him, but the list of rookie tight ends who have made a fantasy impact is a short one. For more on Amaro's prospects as a rookie, check out our Rookie Rundown.