Rookie tight end Jace Amaro has overcome his early struggles in training camp and is showing he might be able to be a major contributor this season for the Jets.
Amaro had four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s 35-24 preseason loss to the Giants.
Amaro, the team’s second-round pick, made headlines early in training camp for dropping passes and looking confused while running routes, but he has rebounded to play well in the preseason games.
“I told you guys he reminds me of [Mike] Ditka the more I see him,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “The kid gets better and better and better. That’s the thing you love about this guy. His blocking when he first got here, I was like, ‘ohh,’ but now he’s competing. He’s doing all that kind of stuff. The kid works. He works his tail off. That’s why I think we all see the improvement that he’s making. I’m excited about it. That’s a big, old target to throw to."
Amaro could surprise as a TE2/streaming type, though rookie tight ends have a tough time making a big impact. He's in a good situation, however, as the Jets are desperate for playmakers in the passing game. He's someone to keep in mind in the later rounds.