Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Please stop worrying about rookie tight end Jace Amaro
Today Amaro addressed the media after practice and fielded a number of questions. I had one that I really cared about getting an answer to, which was “how much of what your role on a play is contingent on what you read from the defense?”
Amaro’s response was instantaneous and that on “every play” that is in fact the case.
This only plays into our assumption that Amaro is taking on the “F” receiver role for this offense, which this year will be a new wrinkle thanks to Amaro and his skill set. We’ve written extensively about the F receiver and 12 packages
, but the simple version is that Amaro represents the pivot point for this offense when he’s on the field. It will be his job to read what the defense is set up for and to react accordingly and run the right route or take on the right responsibility according to the defense.
Amaro comes from a role at Texas Tech where he was deployed in a dead-simple spread offense and had little distinction in his role based on situational football. Doing what he is now being asked to do for Marty Mornhinweg is the antithesis of what he did at Texas Tech.
We fully expect that he will adjust in time, but worry that early overanalyzing of his plays and missteps on his part or someone else’s (which was the case on his bobbled pass today) might not get him off on the right foot with folks who follow the team.
As a blocker, he got a long way to refine his technique. There were plays on some edge sealing blocks where his hands were out of position which could bring flags.
Amaro is going to be productive for this team in time, but TE is a role that can take at least a year or two to reach peak productivity for young players.