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.
"It was tough," Amaro said after practice earlier this week. "It was the longest period of time where I didn't play a sport. But you learn a lot. I watched a lot of film and watched a lot of games. I got healthy really quick and I feel good about it.
"I'm ready to go this year."
New York drafted Amaro in the second round in 2014 out of Texas Tech, where he set the FBS record with an eye-popping 106 catches for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. With his size - 6-foot-5, 265 pounds - and pass-catching abilities, the Jets expected Amaro to make an immediate impact.
He finished with 38 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, dealing with some issues with inconsistency and drops, and questions about his blocking abilities in then-coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system. >> Read more
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