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Jace Amaro says going from Texas Tech to Jets like going from Chinese to English

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Jets tight end Jace Amaro is back at practice after missing a little time with a knee injury, but feeling better physically is only part of the battle for the second-round pick.

The more significant part is trying to adjust from Texas Tech’s wide-open offense to the one that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is running with the Jets, a task that Amaro likens to going from Chinese to English. Amaro spent Wednesday getting razzed after dropping a pass and getting chewed out by Mornhinweg for running incorrect routes before ending the day with a one-on-one chat with General Manager John Idzik.

“A lot of people have high expectations for me. Right now, I’m trying to figure it all out,” Amaro said, via ESPN.com. “I have high expectations for myself, I know what I can do. I’m making a lot of things a lot more difficult than they should be, just because I’m not completely comfortable with the entire organization yet, from the playbook to not knowing how the coaches coach, little things like that.”

There’s still more than a month to go before the start of the regular season, but the current rate of Amaro’s transition to the NFL suggests that the Jets will have to scale back some of their early plans for him heading into his rookie year.

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24 Responses to “Jace Amaro says going from Texas Tech to Jets like going from Chinese to English”
  1. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 31, 2014 4:09 PM

    Considering Chinese is much more difficult to learn and English is getting dumber by the day (with tweet, and hashtag being added to the lexicon) I’d say the comparison is spot on.

  2. scoops1 says: Jul 31, 2014 4:10 PM

    Shows you how complex the A&M offense was then…

    I’m a big fan of Jace and I’m sure he will thrive in the NFL …with an accurate QB

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 31, 2014 4:11 PM

    Well that’s what the coaches are there for, to help the players figure things out. If they can accomplish that together then the patience will be well worth the wait because he has potential to be a great player!

  4. cylondetector says: Jul 31, 2014 4:12 PM

    You know what?

    Good for Amaro for a bit of humility.

    As a Patriots fan i’d love him to fail miserably of course – but you have to admire the way he didn’t resort to petulance to deal with his early camp struggles.

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 31, 2014 4:13 PM

    Didn’t Amaro mean to say “… going from TT to NYJ is like going from English to Chinese”?

    This guy doesn’t see especially astute.

  6. yaryers says: Jul 31, 2014 4:15 PM

    So…he’s fluent in Chinese and struggled to learn English?

  7. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 31, 2014 4:16 PM

    So he’s saying that compared to Texas Tech the Jets playbook is really easy? Because that’s what we’re hearing. Chinese is harder than English, there’s more Chinese people speaking English than the other way around.

  8. cylondetector says: Jul 31, 2014 4:17 PM

    You know what?

    Good for Amaro for a bit of humility.

    As a Patriots fan i’d love him to fail miserably of course – but you have to admire the way he didn’t resort to petulance to deal with his early camp struggles..

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 31, 2014 4:17 PM

    scoops1 says:
    Jul 31, 2014 4:10 PM

    Shows you how complex the A&M offense was then…
    _____________________

    He played for Texas Tech…… not A&M

  10. deltaoracle says: Jul 31, 2014 4:29 PM

    “I am always Wong!”

    Thank you! You’re beautiful! I’m here all weekend in the back lounge!

  11. bassplucker says: Jul 31, 2014 4:37 PM

    Isn’t he supposed to be saying he’s the best TE in the league and that he’s gonna catch 30 TDs this year? He is a Jet, after all.

  12. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 31, 2014 4:42 PM

    A rookie having a hard time transitioning from college to the pros is about as common as training camp fights between teammates.

  13. icallbs81 says: Jul 31, 2014 4:58 PM

    Air raid offense is very a very simple offense to run… completely different from a west coast offensive scheme.

  14. patriotsarespygaters says: Jul 31, 2014 4:59 PM

    wow i guess rex hasn’t gotten to him yet….Jace you are suppose to say you are the best tight end in the league bro…

  15. tjacks7 says: Jul 31, 2014 5:54 PM

    There’s a reason why a large number of guys that look like superstar in these gimmick college offenses never materialize in the pros.

  16. ravenswhat says: Jul 31, 2014 6:02 PM

    But when Geno gets to the huddle its like grade school.

  17. VenerableAxiom says: Jul 31, 2014 6:36 PM

    Most times for TE and WR it can take at least a season before they can become effective. That’s why it’s foolish to think most of these rookies are going to be impact players or ROY before they even take the practice field.

  18. slick50ks says: Jul 31, 2014 7:25 PM

    Imagine how confused he’d be in an actual NFL offense.

  19. officialgame says: Jul 31, 2014 9:42 PM

    The poor dude is so confused he got it backwards. There is now way his college offense was as complex as a West Coast system in verbiage, and route running.

  20. ncphinsfan says: Jul 31, 2014 10:19 PM

    Amaro played for Texas Tech and was more of a WR. He rarely came off the inline route and can’t block for beans. He might be good but without a real QB the odds are already stacked against him. But hey, I’m sure Rex thinks he is a Pro-Bowler and that is all that matters.

  21. 34defense2014 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:14 PM

    Who cares what he’s said and how he saying it? Who cares if he knows two dimes and a nickel equal a quarter? As long as he catches the ball!!

  22. mtrhead269 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:14 AM

    Can’t grasp the most vanilla offense in the NFL has a sore knee, nice job Rexie and John.

  23. catquick says: Aug 1, 2014 3:00 AM

    Chineze can’t be all that hard. After all, 2 year old Chineze kids learn it.

  24. jaypace says: Aug 1, 2014 11:12 AM

    Actually for non native speakers English is one of the more difficult languages to learn.

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