In 2015, Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick orchestrated an offense that set New York Jets franchise records. But of the 4,170 passing yards, tight ends accounted for just 95 on a measly eight receptions.
This year the group is looking to have a resurgence thanks to the return of Jace Amaro. Amaro is more known for his pass-catching ability, which separates him from last year's starter Kellen Davis, who is more of a blocking tight end. In his final year at Texas Tech in 2013, Amaro had over 100 catches and 1,352 yards, and in his rookie year he had 38 receptions for 335 yards and two touchdownss. Those numbers, though uninspiring when you consider how often Amaro dropped passes two seasons ago, look like Pro Bowl-caliber stats next to the numbers from last year's group.
Amaro missed all of last season with a shoulder injury and Davis is currently sidelined following thumb surgery.
Amaro spoke to Randy Lange of nyjets.com and said "This is a big year for me, and especially the way we played last year as a group...it's a big year for all of us...It takes a lot of practice, a lot of reps, catching the ball, doing the right things, and getting open, and that's one of the things I can do extremely well."
If Amaro and the other tight ends can step up and get more involved in pass catching, in addition to simply adding weapons to the offense, it could serve to alleviate some pressure on the team's known stars. Both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker put up monster numbers last year both going over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. As it currently stands, opposing defenses know those are the two guys to stop to shut down the offense. By adding Amaro or another tight end who can be a legitimate threat, Marshall and Decker should be able to find themselves in more favorable match-ups and continue to thrive in the system.