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Jets’ Jace Amaro sets his sights on Rookie of the Year

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New Jets tight end Jace Amaro was the 49th player chose in the NFL draft, but he thinks he can show this year that he’s better than everyone chosen before him. And after him.

“The goal is to win the Rookie of the Year [award] and be the best offensive player you can be, and if you don’t have that mindset, then you’re not really in this for the right reasons,” Amaro said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

Amaro has spent a lot of time studying Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski and thinks he can be the same kind of player.

“Those two guys are ones that I sat with my position coach [in college] and watched hours and hours of tape on in 2013,” Amaro said. “That really helped me develop my game, to really understand how they release [off the line of scrimmage] and use their size.”

If Amaro can be anything close to the kind of player that Graham and Gronkowski are, the Jets will be very happy. And a lot of teams will be wishing they hadn’t passed on him in the draft.

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51 Responses to “Jets’ Jace Amaro sets his sights on Rookie of the Year”
  1. Jay says: May 17, 2014 4:27 PM

    Too bad for Amaro with Geno and Vick at quarterback he can’t even come close to being Graham or Gronk.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: May 17, 2014 4:29 PM

    A great value pick at 49, wow!

    This guy can do anything that a TE needs to do, but will it fully be appreciated enough to compete for that kind of an honor?

  3. jjrs89 says: May 17, 2014 4:31 PM

    With that bravado, he is definitely on the right team…

  4. mikelitoris1 says: May 17, 2014 4:34 PM

    He could be great 2-3 years down the road, but there is a higher learning curve at tight end compared to most other positions. We might have a good idea of how good he can eventually be by the end of the season.

  5. 700levelvet says: May 17, 2014 4:37 PM

    All he needs is a legitimate NFL QB to get him the ball, which the Jets don’t have…

  6. citiciti says: May 17, 2014 4:40 PM

    After Johnny!!

  7. doe22us says: May 17, 2014 4:42 PM

    A couple of things here is the offense going to be centered around a t.e my guess is no. Can Vick and or Geno deliver him the ball consistently probably not, also when was the last time a t.e won anything? I admire his confidence, but here is the case where this guy knows not what he talks about.

  8. 6ball says: May 17, 2014 4:43 PM

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    The term “passed on him” is a misnomer. There were just about 40 other players that teams valued higher, or filled a need better. It’s not like he was on waivers and nobody bothered to put in a claim.

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  9. harrisonhits2 says: May 17, 2014 4:44 PM

    Actually the goal should be to win the Super Bowl and that any individual awards are nice but meaningless if you don’t achieve that. Typical me first Jet.

  10. wryly1 says: May 17, 2014 4:47 PM

    If Jets were going to feature a rookie TE, they would have gone after one sooner, rather than let one fall to them in the middle of RD2.

  11. bricketh says: May 17, 2014 4:51 PM

    That’s funny, because Gronk and Graham couldn’t be more different players. Graham is more of a big slot receiver, and Gronk is more like a traditional tight end, but he is so good and so long, he has developed a rep (when healthy) of being a dominant force. Both are great, but very different players.

  12. gpete1962 says: May 17, 2014 5:07 PM

    The Giants made a big mistake not picking this kid 1 spot before the Jets did.

  13. kwjsb says: May 17, 2014 5:17 PM

    500 other guys are thinking rookie of the year also, including guys named Clowney, Watkins, Evans and Manziel….. Good luck with that.

  14. bennyb82 says: May 17, 2014 5:18 PM

    I hope we succeeds. Good tight ends are fun to watch.

  15. scw1993 says: May 17, 2014 5:18 PM

    I admire the guy’s lofty goal, but he sounds a lot like megahead…me me me, personal stats, glory awards, but the SB? meh, doesn’t care about rings for the entire team. I see nada in the article where he mentions team goals. Hope he changes his perspective in camp.

  16. azjohnny says: May 17, 2014 5:19 PM

    Amaro compares more to Graham than Gronkowski. At least Gronk gives an effort to block

    Receivers depend heavily on their QB to be successful, too bad Amaro went to the wrong team

  17. jetsfaninindy says: May 17, 2014 5:20 PM

    That is a good possibility if Jace keeps his head down, and let’s Marty
    coach him up. Can’t teach size and speed.

  18. uglydingo says: May 17, 2014 5:23 PM

    Rookie of the Year and a Super Bowl victory. Wow, that’s a terrific start for a future Hall of Famer.
    Congratulations Jace.

  19. sdchicken says: May 17, 2014 5:40 PM

    What’s with all of the jets and their predictions? How about you just play football and try for a winning record…

  20. surfinbird1 says: May 17, 2014 5:43 PM

    Blab like a Jet.

  21. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 17, 2014 5:45 PM

    If Geno Smith is the QB, you have no chance buddy

  22. chris6523 says: May 17, 2014 5:47 PM

    I was hoping the pack would have a shot at him in the 2nd. I felt coming into the draft that he likely would have the best career among all the tight ends.

  23. rajbais says: May 17, 2014 6:02 PM

    With those quarterbacks???

  24. craniator says: May 17, 2014 6:11 PM

    You can tell Miami didn’t draft this guy . . . if they had , everyone would be calling him a complete reach.

  25. bassplucker says: May 17, 2014 6:15 PM

    Already positioning himself to get paid like a WR on his second contract. Savvy kid.

  26. realnflmaster says: May 17, 2014 6:28 PM

    J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  27. somethinghappeninghere says: May 17, 2014 6:46 PM

    Agree with Craniator. Jets pick him and he’s a rookie of the year candidate…had Phins picked him if he was available at next pick, he’d be either a reach or a bust. But the guy can’t block, you see, so you Jets fans are gonna wish you had more like Charles Clay after it’s all over with…and did Rexy tell you to say that, Jace? Jets fans ought to be sick and tired of “me first” guys.

  28. eknob says: May 17, 2014 7:47 PM

    I love all the Jet hating non Jets fans that have nothing better to do than bash another team. There is nothing wrong with Amaro coming in with confidence and setting personal goals. It’s actually good to see. I guess he should be more negative and say man I hope I can catch anything this yr. Also it would be different if he was the QB and being me me me. As for who’s throwing him the ball you’ll see both Amaro and Geno benefit from him joining the team. A young Qb’s best friend is a TE that can actually catch. When you haters talk all I hear is the teacher from Charlie Brown and peanuts cartoons.

  29. 4thqtrsaint says: May 17, 2014 7:48 PM

    Sorry buddy, Brandon Cooks will be ROY. Thank you, drive thru please

  30. patsfan112 says: May 17, 2014 8:13 PM

    Dude you’re playing for the JETS. Don’t hold your breath on getting any kind of award…

  31. mistrezzrachael says: May 17, 2014 8:16 PM

    How about…” Do something before you talk big????”

    Typical jet…talk a lot, and do zero…TE’s supposed to be able to block…something not taught to him in college.

    Noone mentioning his suspension in college?

    ok jace…we hear you…now do something.

  32. buffalodiehard says: May 17, 2014 8:33 PM

    Sammy Watkins will have something to say about that.

  33. lostsok says: May 17, 2014 8:35 PM

    Arrogant and entitled. How’d the Patriots miss him? Not psychotic enough?

  34. 69finfan says: May 17, 2014 9:13 PM

    Maybe making the team and cracking the starting lineup would be more realistic goals!

  35. gpenpilot says: May 17, 2014 9:15 PM

    Gotta respect his attitude but Austin Seferian-jenkins is going to be the better rookie. As long as he avoids pot suspensions we’re gravy. Lovie needs to show all the rookies how to use a Wizzinator at mini camp. Thats how he built a dynasty in Chicago

  36. realnflmaster says: May 17, 2014 10:01 PM

    “TE’s are supposed to block”

    Because Jimmy Graham and Gronk do a lot of blocking.

    Clueless.

  37. nolasoxfan2012 says: May 17, 2014 10:35 PM

    This guy is such a perfect Jet. He hasn’t done anything yet, but he’s already talking about winning a personal award. He’s going to fit right in.

  38. milkcan44 says: May 17, 2014 10:39 PM

    Lots of talent, but couldn’t block a fat bimbo. One dimensional tight end.

  39. reprocity says: May 17, 2014 10:47 PM

    People want to bash the kid as being arrogant but the author left out what question he’s being asked. All that is listed is his response and a lot of people bashing him are clueless to what the question he was answering. Sheeple!!!

  40. tomny0970 says: May 17, 2014 10:51 PM

    If you watch his college tape this guy has nowhere near the speed to be a Jimmy Graham-type of player. Amaro also seems a step slower than Gronkowski. I’m a huge Jets fan but I’m afraid that this guy is going to be ordinary at best. His name was linked to New York well before the draft with their 2nd round selection. I wish they had gone elsewhere with the pick.

  41. vikinganswer says: May 18, 2014 12:06 AM

    Hey Jace, have you seen who will be throwing the ball to you or attempting to??? Not in a million years will win this.

  42. ttops4 says: May 18, 2014 3:40 AM

    Geno isn’t a bad QB he ranked 21 last year but had a lot of INTs
    Most of the INTs was because of the OL and WR
    The OL gave too many sacks and the WR couldn’t finish their routes

  43. bearsoxass says: May 18, 2014 6:10 AM

    Catch your first ball before!

  44. phinfan says: May 18, 2014 8:13 AM

    Individual accomplishments are for the selfish

  45. belicheckisgod says: May 18, 2014 8:55 AM

    Typical rookie. Both graham and gronk play with two future Hall of Fame QBs and on teams that are pass heavy. The Jets once had a tight end in Dustin Keller who they never had a QB to throw to him and eventually the wear and tear of blocking for a run first team sent him packing. With Geno a Qb this kid will be a bust.

  46. bassplucker says: May 18, 2014 9:48 AM

    Rookie of the Year? As a TE? In that offense? Well, it’s good to have goals, anyway.

  47. TheWizard says: May 18, 2014 12:05 PM

    Because Jimmy Graham and Gronk do a lot of blocking.

    Clueless

    Watch the Pats sometime. Gronk is big part of their running game. He often gets the block that springs a big gainer.

  48. yate3097 says: May 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    Two days of stretching and filling out health insurance forms this week and he’s declaring himself OROY. I’m sure there are plenty of NFL veterans making a mental note of his braggadocio and are looking forward to putting him in his place.

  49. simonator917 says: May 18, 2014 3:51 PM

    The ALL–TALK team.

  50. ttops4 says: May 18, 2014 4:30 PM

    Who do you think has a more likely chance to win rookie of the year?

  51. kev86 says: May 18, 2014 7:24 PM

    Big Texas kid flapping his gums in NY. Doesn’t seem like it will end well but it’s early.

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