In the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected a playmaking tight end out of Texas Tech. Jace Amaro had an outstanding finish to his collegiate career while at Texas Tech, finishing with a spread of 106 receptions, over 1,300 yards, and seven touchdowns. Serving primarily as a "joker" or split tight end, Amaro lined up against smaller defenders who struggled to defend this 6-foot-5, 260 pound target.
With the tight end position changing in the NFL from inline blockers, to big-bodied receivers, Amaro is considered to be a hybrid of the two. Although he did not run-block as much as he ran routes in college, the 2013 All-American possesses decent strength and raw abilities to be an inline blocker. His well-documented athleticism is a huge asset, and his ability to run routes, catch, and run with the ball only adds to his overall value. He is an offensive weapon that the Jets needed to bring in to help boost Marty Mornhinweg's offense this year.
Assuming that he will be split out wide to create mismatches, and the presence of Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley on the outsides will draw most of the attention, Amaro can have plenty of opportunities to make a splash in his rookie campaign. Since Gang Green is still a primarily a run-first offense, especially with the "two-dreaded monster" in the backfield in Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory, it will be highly unlikely that the former Big 12 leading tight end will replicate his 2013 stats while with Texas Tech.
Also, Amaro will be splitting snaps with veteran tight end Jeff Cumberland, who signed an extension prior to the draft. Cumberland's ability to stretch the field while lining up in the traditional tight end position as well as his blocking abilities will allow for great competition as to who will see more time as a starter in 2014.
New York fans should be excited to see what the Green and White's second round pick can do in his first season in the NFL. He is already considered to be one of the premier talents on this revamped Jets' offense without even playing a single down in the big show. Amaro will not have stats similar to Jimmy Graham or Vernon Davis in his first year in the league, but he will make an immediate impact on this Jets roster and will be in the running for the offensive rookie of the year award, barring injury.