Friday, May 9, 2014

New tight end Amaro sees 'great opportunity' with Jets


In round one, Rex Ryan got a new toy for his defensive backfield. With their first pick on day two, the New York Jets added a weapon for the other side of the ball.

With the No. 49 overall pick, the Jets selected Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro. Amaro gives the Jets offense -- and whichever quarterback starts for it -- an immediate receiving upgrade at the tight end spot.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound former Red Raider set the NCAA single season record for receiving yards with 1,352 in 2013, also earning consensus All-American and first team All-Big 12 honors.

Amaro becomes part of the complete rebuild of New York's offensive skill position personnel, joining tailback Chris Johnson and receivers Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford as upgrades around either incumbent starting quarterback Geno Smith or free agent pick up Michael Vick.

As the Jets continue transitioning from a run-first offense to a more balanced attack, Amaro's presence will add another dimension to New York's arsenal.

"I think I’m going to fit in really well," Amaro said, via the team's website. "I think this is a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills. I think [offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg] has a great plan for me. He’s going to move me around a lot, something that I did, but they want to go a lot of two-tight-end sets and play cat-and-mouse with the defense."

"I think with me that’s something they can really do and I’m really excited about it," he added.

Amaro was also a semifinalist for both the Mackey and Biletnikoff Awards in 2013.

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