One of the more intriguing aspects of the Jets working TE Jace Amaro into their system is the manner(s) in which they can deploy him on the field. The coaches got right down to experimenting with Amaro during OTAs – a no-pads, no-contact portion of offseason workouts that comprised nine practices.
“He’s lined up everywhere,” TE coach Steve Hagen said this week, after the third and final OTA session that was open to reporters. “He’s lined up flexed out, hand down, out by himself (on the) single-receiver side, on the three-receiver side, on the two-receiver side. We use him everywhere we can use him. So we have asked him to do a lot, and we expect him to do a lot. He’s asking that of himself, and he’s delivering, too. It’s been fun to watch him.”
Hagen called Amaro “another dynamic weapon” for the Jets’ offense.
But Hagen made a point of saying that Amaro – or any tight end, for that matter – cannot simply just be a pass-catching threat for an offense. He also must block, in both running and passing situations. This is especially challenging for tight ends like Amaro who were essentially wide receivers in college.
Jeff Cumberland is expected to start, but Amaro has a terrific opportunity to develop into a start in the next two or three seasons.