Jets Rookie Diary: Jace Amaro

During Jets training camp, a number of players will be sharing their thoughts and experiences from their first NFL season. Rookie tight end Jace Amaro is up first with a quick take on his first two weeks in Cortland. The Plano, Texas native — listed at 6 foot 5 and 260 pounds — is in his first professional training camp after three seasons at Texas Tech…


It’s definitely been a humbling experience at Training Camp so far. Not from a football standpoint, just the mentality of the deal, staying up here for three weeks. It’s already week number two and it’s been good so far. Going through all the meetings is tough, but you just have to keep going.

I feel pretty good out on the field, though. We’re finishing up the installation [of the play book] and I feel very good about it. I’m pretty solid on it.


Jace Amaro


You have to come out here [at camp] every single day, because your spot can be taken by another player every day. In college, you were pretty secure in your spot if you were the guy. That’s the biggest transition for me.

A typical day for me at camp: football practice, meetings, lunch, meetings, dinner, then bed. I’m pretty much wrapped up in an entire day of football. On off days, I try to get as much sleep as I can because that next week, you’re just not going to get much.


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I feel a lot better than I thought I was going to be at this point. I feel very comfortable with the offense, the players, the coaches and the staff. With everybody, really. I like the team and I love what we’re doing out here. I’m having fun.

I felt a huge chemistry — a bond — with the team very quickly, one that I didn’t think would really happen as soon as it has.


The Jets drafted Amaro in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the No. 49 overall pick. Over three seasons, Amaro racked up nearly 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Amaro was a unanimous All-American and All-Big 12 Conference teams after his NCAA record-setting season for most receiving yards and yards per game by a tight end in a single season.

Amaro’s college stats:

Year Games Rec Yds Avg TD
2011 12 7 57 8.1 2
2012 7 25 409 16.4 4
2013 13 106 1352 12.8 7
Career 32 138 1818 13.2 13

TheJetsBlog.com’s Corey Griffin breaks down the Jets’ pick of Amaro…




16 comments
Pat d
Pat d

I love the Jace pick but still feel the Jets should have picked a WR much earlier than they did.

t__k
t__k

This guy is a regular Billy Shakespeare.

levi
levi

His first year he had 7 catches and 2 were TD's. Thats a good ratio.

harold
harold

@BDarc23

Thank goodness his hands aren't that small.

But for such a large man it is surprising.

Daniel Diffin
Daniel Diffin

@Pat d With the state of the Jets secondary, using 2 of the first 3 rounds on DBs made all the sense in the world. And Amaro is really a sort of hybrid TE/WR, a la Graham. If he develops into the player the Jets hope, he will give the opposing team's D major fits, and will become Geno's best security blanket.

marcus81
marcus81

@Pat d  Rex hogs all the 1st picks for defense except the year Sanchez was picked

williamg1
williamg1

@bob Geno's footwork looks so much better than last year. DAMN, can Vick move or what? Stephan Hill craddle-catches a jump ball (SMH). 

kniff
kniff

@bob Enjoyed that footage, and were lookin' sharp!! Thanks Bob!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@levi 

Out of how how many targets though, Levi?

harold
harold

You realize that is the proper way to catch the ball at its highest point in traffic? There are enough legit concerns for Hill without making up false ones.

Let me ask, Should he expose his ribs on that play instead?

bob
bob

@williamg1 @bob 

Yep Happy to hear that. I was thinking this is a tough team with a hole lot of big guys strong men even at the receiver position.

bob
bob

@kniff @bob 

Ya kniff it did look pretty good and from what i'm seeing the offensive line passed protected against those big boys on the defense. not an easy task.