Saturday, June 7, 2014

Jets rookie Amaro confident in run-blocking abilities


There's little doubt rookie tight end Jace Amaro will boost the New York Jets' pass-catching department, which was rather mediocre in 2013.

Amaro's impact in the run game, however, is yet to be determined. The Texas Tech product is raw in that regard, though he's confident he'll be able to pick up the slack in Marty Mornhinweg's tailback-friendly system.

“That’s something that I didn’t do in college, but it’s not something that’s a problem or anything," Amaro told CBS New York Friday of his run-blocking acumen. "I’ve always been a great blocker and I’ve always been really strong.

"I bench press 30 times 225, so I don’t think it’s going to be a problem. It’s more a technique kind of thing and knowing all the fundamentals. I’ve always known it’s a one-two thing, especially from college to the NFL. It’s going to be the guy who wants to block the other guy first. That’s going to be one of the best things I bring to the table as a Jet.”

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Amaro had 106 receptions, 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns in his final collegiate season. Gang Green hopes the second-rounder emerges as a key target for whomever lines up behind center in 2014.

“I’ve been here for three weeks and I think it’s finally starting to click,” Amaro said. “I felt really good at practice [Friday], really smooth and I’m finally understanding the offense now. It’s becoming a lot more smooth for me. I’m just going out there and learning the plays and getting thrown the ball from Geno and Vick, so I feel like it’s going really well for me right now.”

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