Jets Nation: Jace Amaro & Dexter McDougle

Jace Amaro talks about being drafted and what he wants to bring to the New York Jets and to their loyal fans.


The Jets’ third-round pick, cornerback Dexter McDougle, talks about fitting in with the team and getting excited to play for coach Rex Ryan.




18 comments
Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

McDougle looks like Milliner without the underbite. Amaro looks like a guy you don't want to piss off. 

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

Amaro is certainly big enough and strong enough to block. I think he will do fine in that regard, to the degree that he is asked to do it. I am not crazy about the "I'm going to make everyone pay for not picking me" coming from a second round pick. Give me a break. But, hey, whatever will put a chip on his shoulder and make him play with a sense of having something to prove, should be a good thing in the long run.


McDougle is a guy that intrigues me. Initially, like everyone else, I thought this was a ridiculous reach. The more I've heard about this guy, the more I think he has a chance to be a special player. Too early to tell, of course, but I think the scouting department was convinced that he would have been a late first or early second round selection if he hadn't gotten injured. He may have lasted a round or two longer, but they just didn't want to risk that some other team had made the same kind of assessment they had. If nothing else, he's a really easy guy to root for.

jenkins
jenkins

Any other tape of Amaro blocking? I can't find much at all. The two clips  here don't really answer any questions. Thanks.

harvlis
harvlis

This preseason, I would have Amaro concentrate on the blocking assignments that he will need to execute during the regular season.  His receiving ability is a proven commodity.  The coaching staff has to mold him into a complete player.  In addition to his contribution to the team, his blocking ability and participation in that phase of the game will enhance his ability to get open.  Loved what he had to say.  Can't wait to see our rookies perform.  Watching tape of McDougle, I really think he could be a force for us.  I am getting very pumped up about our new defensive backfield. 

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

cant wait til preseason im def looking foward to seeing amaro and cumberland on the field together...they both have good speed for their size should be hard for opposing defenses to be able to cover both of them...im also hoping now 4 years into his career and amaro being around we will see a much improved cumberland 

Dave Hohf
Dave Hohf

I wasn't sure how I felt about Amaro prior to the draft, but the more I see of him in green and white, and the more I hear him talk, the more I'm so pumped to have him on this team. He wants to win and he wants the ball. Got to love that.

tish
tish

Almost everyone claims Amaro is a lousy blocker, and he claims he is good. Is he somewhere in the middle, or what is the real deal? Frankly, if he provides a terrific target and is productive as a receiver, then I don't care if he blocks as poorly as Jimmy Graham does

williamg1
williamg1

I can't wait to see Amaro vs. Pryor.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jenkins  Tape of just him blocking?  No.  You can watch his full-game clips and look for the blocking assignments, but you won't find a ton.  That's the best there is.

williamg1
williamg1

@Dave Hohf  I'm happy where we got him. If we used a 1st rd pick on him, I would have been upset. But that wasn't going to happen. Good value in the 2nd round. I bet he'll make a lot of teams regret not drafting him.

Brendan
Brendan

@tish  Calling him a flat-out poor blocker is lazy, imo. 


You have to break his blocking up a bit to get a clearer picture. In space, he's very good. He latches onto LB's and DB's and drives them backwards or at least seals them off (he knows how to use his bulk in these instances). 


His team also asked some pretty ridiculous blocking assignments of him. For example, a play I saw multiple times had him line up in the slot on the right side. Then they did a typical iso running play to the left side of the line (not quite off tackle). On this play Amaro would try to run to the LB or DB in the middle of the field on his side of the center, and reach around and seal him off. It looks like the intent was to create a 2nd-level seal for a running lane. It's just an impossible block to make for most people. 


He had little experience in-line, so when people say "poor blocker" I think they should really be saying "inexperienced in-line blocker." He's willing, he has the size and he definitely has the strength. If he figures out proper technique so he's not losing leverage and getting pushed back by DL, he'll be a good blocker, I think. Maybe nothing special, but definitely to a level where he's not a constant concern out there. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@tish  Now, that's not representative of what you're going to get from a Jace Amaro in-line blocking assignment, it's just a single anecdotal play.  Don't try to glean much from this.


Still, though, it's fun to watch.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tish  @Brendan @tish  Yeah, it's not really that fair to say he's a bad blocker when you look at the gametape from Texas Tech, because he was rarely asked to block at all in the first place.  He ran pass routes on almost every play, and as you said, many of the actual running plays that Tech ran were running plays out of wide-set passing formations where the WRs/TEs are asked to do crackback blocks and seals downfield that have a high degree of difficulty.


Lining up across a guy at the LOS and just going straight ahead and walling him off, that was rare.  (He did do just that on occasion, though, and with aplomb.)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF1AdKPWCJM