Two Unsung Heroes Step Up For The Jets

In the Jets last two games there have been two guys on the offensive side of the ball that have stepped up and who are starting to make a name for themselves. Jace Amaro and Greg Salas are emerging as Geno Smith’s favorite targets, behind Eric Decker that is.

Amaro, the rookie second-round pick out of Texas Tech University broke records last season as a tight end. The Jets had high hopes for Amaro coming into this season. Through the preseason and first two weeks of the season he was really unreliable. However over the last two weeks Amaro has put together some solid games and is looking like the guy the Jets drafted from Texas Tech.

In Amaro’s last two games he has caught eight balls for 112 yards. It is not just the stats that improved for him; it’s the way he is playing the game. Amaro, early in the season looked lost in this offense and looked unsure of himself. He was dropping balls left and right, running the wrong routes and not living up to his potential. Since then he looks a lot calmer on the field. Catching the ball in stride and looking to turn up field for extra yardage.

Amaro told NYJets.com, “I felt good in the preseason when I got those starts then Jeff (Cumberland) came back for those two games had a little bit of a smaller role in those games with Green Bay and Oakland. But I feel like they are starting to use me more and I feel a lot more comfortable with the entire situation.”

Amaro is starting to come into his own and if the Jets keep using him the way Texas Tech did Amaro will start to create nightmare mismatches for the opposition

Salas was really an unknown coming into this season. He played in only eight games last season and wasn’t much of a factor. However because of the injuries to the receiver position Salas has had is chance in the spotlight and so far he is delivering.

In his last two games Salas has caught four passes for 116 yards. Salas who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth-round out of Hawaii in 2011 has struggled to make it to where he is today. Going from a guy who was on the Jets practice squad to basically the number two receiver is pretty remarkable.

Salas has the size, 6’2” 210 pounds, he has the speed and has the hands to make it in this league. He just needed the right opportunity. He believes he has found it with this New York Jets team. The Jets have stated to use more and more of Salas in the last couple of weeks and look for his role in the offense to keep expanding if he keeps the production up.

With the lack of depth and injuries to the Jets receiving core look for both Salas and Amaro to break out of their shells in the coming weeks. As for the game this week the Jets will fly down to San Diego today for their showdown with the Chargers on Sunday afternoon. Rex Ryan told the media after practice that Decker and David Nelson will both be game-time decisions. However the expression on Ryan’s face indicated that both might not play. Ryan did say he was confident heading into Sunday, “Our team is going to play hard and we are going to fight one way or another until we win.” The Jets are going to have to show up ready to play against a pretty good Chargers team, as the Jets cannot afford to dig themselves into a deeper hole.


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