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New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith watches team warm up from sidelines before game against Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith watches team warm up from sidelines before game against Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets wide receiver Devin Smith hopes he can make an impact on the field in 2018 after suffering ACL injuries that caused him to miss the 2017 season and most of 2016.

"I'm hoping that the injury bug is gone," Smith said, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "It has been frustrating. It's given me some time to reflect a little bit. It made me miss the game a lot more. It made me appreciate the game a lot more. I feel like mentally, I'm a lot stronger in that aspect, because of these setbacks."

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Christian Hackenberg, Devin Smith, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
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(Brian Spurlock)

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Since the Jets moved up in the draft a few weeks ago, there's been plenty of coverage debating who they're going to end up selecting with the third pick. However, a month out, let's consider who they might have their eye on to potentially fill a hole with their second pick; the 72nd overall pick in the third round.

Assuming they opt to address a need with this pick, positions the Jets might be seeking to fill could include a defensive lineman, a starting tight end, or an edge rusher. Adding some depth and potential on the offensive line is another option.

Tags: Jace Amaro, Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Battle of the Backups remains the most intriguing thing about an otherwise quiet Jets camp this summer. With stability almost everywhere when it comes to the starting lineup, there's still nothing but uncertainty on the depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

And it seems doubtful if there'll be much more clarity after the game against the Giants on Saturday.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (88) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)
New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (88) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)

While there is little doubt that Jets TE Jace Amaro can stretch the field, his blocking is a "work in progress," according to Jets TE coach Jimmie Johnson

"He has done a better job sustaining his blocks and trying to stay engaged," Johnson said. "All of that is promising." 

The Jets drafted Amaro in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, after he caught 106 receptions for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns for Texas Tech in 2013. The team was impressed with the tight end's measurables (4.74-second 40-yard dash, 33-inch vertical at the NFL combine), but knew it would take a lot of work to improve the 6-foot-6, 260-pound talented athlete's technique. He was rarely asked to block while playing in college, which has led to him struggling with it in the NFL.

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(Brad Mills)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • Geno Smith will back up Ryan Fitzpatrick during Saturday's game.
  • Bowles will try to get Bryce Petty into the game on Saturday but it's "hard to get a gauge" on whether he'll play.
  • Jace Amaro, Kyle Williams, Jordan Jenkins, and Kenbrell Thompkins were all held out of practice on Wednesday.
  • Quincy Enunwa is still going through the concussion protocol.
  • He's hopeful that both Matt Forte and Muhammad Wilkerson will be able to play on Saturday.
  • The starters will play at least the entire first half on Saturday.
  • Buster Skrine and Brian Winters have been the most improved players in camp.
Tags: Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro, Jordan Jenkins, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick

 (Kevin Jairaj)
(Kevin Jairaj)

With the New York Jets opening the season in just a few weeks, we will break down the depth charts of each position in order to look at how the Jets stack up as they prepare for the 2016 NFL season. See the prior reports on safeties and wide receivers, Next up, the tight ends. 

Starter: Kellen Davis

Backups/Special Teamers*: Jace Amaro, Zach Sudfeld, Brandon Bostick, Wes Saxton, Jason Vander Laan

Tags: Jace Amaro, Kellen Davis, Wes Saxton, Zach Sudfeld
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Brian Bassett is joined by Kristian Dyer from Metro NY to talk New York Jets training camp, including the latest on Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Breno Giacomini, Jace Amaro … and of course, the many quarterbacks.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Breno Giacomini, Jace Amaro, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Jets travel to Washington on Friday night to face the Redskins in their second preseason game, with the starters expected to see a little extended action, probably into the second quarter.

What remains unknown is if a couple of recovering starters -- DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) and RB Matt Forte (hamstring) in particular -- will make their summer debuts.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) stretches during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) stretches during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Jets are a 10-win team coming off a near-miss of the playoffs and returning most of their key players. Maybe that's why there are so few questions - or question marks - about their starters or the core of their team.

That never stops the worrying, though, especially after watching the backup quarterbacks perform (or not) in the first preseason game. That seems to be a big concern of Jets fans - which makes sense, considering neither Ryan Fitzpatrick nor Geno Smith are under contract for next season, making the "quarterback of the future" situation unclear.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Devin Smith, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a catch during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a catch during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets got a little bit of a scare late in their training camp practice on Tuesday when tight end Jace Amaro dove for a pass in the end zone and landed awkwardly. When he got up, he was limping and appeared to be favoring his left leg. He then spent the next 10 minutes or so on the training table.

After that, though, he jogged back onto the field and completed the rest of practice - although he did appear to be limited at times. All indications are the 24-year-old former second-round pick (2014) is OK, but there were a few anxious moments considering he sat out all last season with a torn labrum.

If he can stay healthy, he could be a big part of the Jets' offense this year.

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Catch Jets training camp highlights and interviews with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Muhammed Wilkerson.

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke to the media after training camp on Sunday. He said:

  • Running back Matt Forte and cornerback Dexter McDougle are dealing with hamstring injuries.
  • He was impressed with rookie linebacker Darron Lee's speed, but added that Lee needs to focus on all of his abilities heading into the season.
  • Tight end Jace Amaro is still making progress in his return from a season-ending injury last year.
  • Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is still building a rapport with the team's new wide receivers. "We've only practiced two days so he has got a ways to go practicing and we've got ways to go chemistry-wise, but they're talking and they're making progress and they're communicating," Bowles said.
  • He does not have an update on DE Muhammad Wilkerson's return from a broken leg.
Tags: Darron Lee, Dexter McDougle, Jace Amaro, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick

New York Jets fullback Julian Howsare (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets fullback Julian Howsare (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

In between now and training camp, I'm looking at some of the veterans on the Jets roster to assess what kind of contribution we might expect from them in 2016. We're going to shift gears and take a look at the practice squad in terms of who is eligible, how it will likely be made up and what we can learn from who was on there during the 2015 season.

Note: Pro Football Focus exclusively provides some stats from this article.

The basic rules

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bryce Petty, Calvin Pryor, Dakota Dozier, Deon Simon, Dexter McDougle, Jace Amaro, Jarvis Harrison, Julian Howsare, Mike Catapano, Ronald Martin, T.J. Barnes, Taiwan Jones, Trevor Reilly, Wes Saxton
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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • It's not yet clear if CB Darrelle Revis will be a full participant at the beginning of training camp.
  • Goals during minicamp are to improve as far as third-down efficiency, limiting turnovers, and red-zone efficiency.
  • TE Jace Amaro has looked good so far and it's been nice to see.
  • The team has a "token" depth chart, but there are still spots open.
  • If Ryan Fitzpatrick signs, he'll be the starting quarterback even if Geno Smith plays well.
  • Bowles is unsure whether negotiations with Fitzpatrick will continue during training camp.
  • Leonard Williams has been active and Bowles is looking for him to "make the jump" mentally.
Tags: Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro, Ryan Fitzpatrick

New York Jets tight end Kellen Davis (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tight end Kellen Davis (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets tight end Kellen Davis is expected to be sidelined until training camp next month after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Davis, the Jets' primary starter at tight end last season, was hurt last week during organized team activities. Coach Todd Bowles first said Wednesday that Davis' thumb was "sore" before confirming that he recently had surgery.

The New York Post first reported Davis' injury.

Tags: Jace Amaro, Kellen Davis, Zach Sudfeld
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New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Jace Amaro was aiming for a big breakout season a year ago.

The New York Jets tight end was coming off an up-and-down rookie campaign and trying to establish himself in new coordinator Chan Gailey's offense.

Instead, his stats line was completely empty - unless you count all the restless days he spent trying to stay patient while rehabilitating from a shoulder injury in training camp that sidelined him all of last season.

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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall in action against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall in action against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

NFL free agency begins next week. Will the Jets release more players in an effort clear some more room? Will they be as active as they were a year ago? Who needs to get restructured contracts? What will happen with Ryan Fitzpatrick? As we already looked at highly unlikely outcomes, we now look at some uncertain outcomes that the Jets face.

Cutting Breno Giacomini before the start of free agency

Fresh off a trip the Jets sent Giacomini on to visit the troops, cutting the right tackle offers more than $4 million in usable 2016 cap space, however cutting him would provide no benefit should they not come away from the first two days of the NFL draft with their new starter at right tackle. Giacomini was awful in 2015, but with little positional strength behind their starters, the team is likely weighing how much they'd need to pay in free agency to chase down a new one.

Mitchell Schwartz, Joe Barksdale, Chris Clark and Andre Smith are all immediate upgrades over Giacomini, so if you start to hear any of their names in conjunction with the Jets, look for the team to dump Giacomini hand-in-hand with the signing of their new right tackle.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Erin Henderson, Jace Amaro, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)
New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at each position on the New York Jets roster and seeking your input on who you think should stay and who you think should go. Up next, the Jets' tight ends.

Overview: One of the most interesting departures from previous iterations of the Jets offense was the almost willful neglect of the tight end position in the passing game. In 2015, Jets tight ends Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis were targeted a total of 25 times (14 and 11, respectively) compared to 107 targets for tight ends Jace Amaro (53), Cumberland (47) and Zach Sudfeld (seven) just a year ago. It's true Amaro was shut down for the season due to a preseason shoulder injury, but would his presence have been the missing piece in the offense?

Expected to Return (4)

Tags: Jace Amaro, Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Davis, Wes Saxton, Zach Sudfeld, Brian Bassett
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Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan talks to the media about the Jets' 2015 season and his plans for the offseason ahead.

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan spoke with the media on Thursday. Here are five things we learned...

1.) The team would "very much" like to re-sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and they'll see how things work out.

2.) Maccagnan said he would like to have DE Muhammad Wilkerson back, but wouldn't elaborate further. He also noted that "in a perfect world," the Jets would like to retain DT Damon Harrison.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jace Amaro, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) stiff arms New York Jets cornerback Marcus Williams (22) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. (Steve Mitchell)
Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) stiff arms New York Jets cornerback Marcus Williams (22) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. (Steve Mitchell)

With their 2016 opponents now set, the sledding won't get any easier as they pulled a schedule of games including two of the toughest divisions: the AFC North and the NFC West. Most fans are now left worrying what the team's offseason plan may be with many key players expected to hit free agency in March. What will the Jets do now?

Part 1: Performance & Financial Based Cuts

Part 2: Restructuring

Part 3: Time To Sign

Part 4: Free Agency

Part 5: The Draft

Part 6: Overview

The big signings the Jets will make will be for their own players, so don't expect a flurry of flashy acquisitions off other teams like last year. Assuming all those cuts, restructures and new contracts, there's likely to be less than $10 million in cap room remaining for players coming off other teams. The swing-cut is Marcus Gilchrist and the swing-signing would be Damon Harrison. With a modest budget remaining, the Jets will still have some needs best filled through free agency.

Tags: Jace Amaro, Marcus Gilchrist, Brian Bassett
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Jets DE Sheldon Richardson returned to practice today after missing Thursday's practice (lower back).

DL Muhammad Wilkerson (toe) and TE Jace Amaro (concussion) were absent Friday.

QB?Michael Vick, who was controversially announced as the teams backup earlier this week, sat out of practice due to illness.

Tags: jace amaro, Michael Vick, Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJets, Sheldon Richardson, treilly8, Tim Reilly
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