Jets TE Jace Amaro described the Texas Tech offense as "simple," -- a no-huddle, spread attack that doesn't have a high volume of plays. Using a math analogy, it was on the level of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. The Jets are using calculus.
Which explains why Amaro struggled in last week's minicamp. He got some work with the first team, mostly in the three-receiver package, but he looked lost at times. Simply put, he needs to clean up all aspects of his game.
OC Marty Mornhinweg said Amaro, a pass-catching machine in college, needs to make a "host" of adjustments to get comfortable in a pro-style system. The Jets' version of the West Coast offense is predicated on timing and precision, and Amaro's routes were sloppy. If a pass receiver is off by a step or two, it throws the entire play out of sync. Specifically, he has to polish the top of his routes. Because he didn't play much traditional tight end at Tech, he also needs a refresher course on the in-line position, mostly with footwork and releases.
Amaro has a tremendous opportunity in the long term, but in the short term, we're not terribly bullish on his fantasy prospects for 2014. Jeff Cumberland is a solid, experienced starter and tight ends rarely make a fantasy impact in their rookie seasons. The Jets are lacking receiving options, so it's possible that the team will run more two-TE sets to get him on the field. That could send Jeremy Kerley, who arguably has the best hands on the team, to the bench if he's not starting opposite of Eric Decker.