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2014 NFL Draft: New York Jets Select Jace Amaro

May 9th, 2014 at 9:40 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets selected Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro with the No. 49 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, adding an accomplished collegiate receiver to their offense. Amaro caught 106 passes in 2013 for 1,352 yards, an FBS record for tight ends. While Jace Amaro wasn't asked to block much at Texas Tech, he should be functional enough to get the job done and has the strength(20 reps of 225 on the bench press) to be very effective in the future.

At 6-5, 265, Jace Amaro provides great size and impressive hands at the tight end position. In today's NFL he fits the mold of Jimmy Graham as essentially an oversized wide receiver. Amaro finished the 2013 season with 106 receptions for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns. He's a good athlete for his size and a smooth route runner. Amaro is dangerous after the catch as well.

Adding Jace Amaro gives the Jets a clearly-upgraded group of targets for their quarterbacks heading into the 2014 season. Eric Decker is a major factor in that group, along with Chris Johnson as a receiver out of the backfield. Along with Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland, the Jets really only need one more piece, whether that's someone like David Nelson or Stephen Hill stepping up or a new addition.

The next Jets selection is No. 80 overall, a third round pick. Both sides of the ball are in play, especially if a good value presents itself at cornerback or wide receiver. So far the Jets have addressed their offense with Jace Amaro and bolstered the back end of the defense with Calvin Pryor in the first round.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Calvin Pryor, Football, Jace Amaro, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Texas Tech

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