TE Jace Amaro - Free Agent
|6-5, 265||Born: 6-26-1992||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 2, pick 49 (2014)|
2014 Week 1 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
After encouraging pre-season performances, Jace Amaro was used sparingly against Oakland. New York opted to play Cumberland over Amaro due to Cumberland's running blocking prowess. Amaro does not offer much as a run blocker, so his opportunities were limited. New York deployed Amaro on a few quick drag routes, but he was unable to outrun coverage.
2014 Week 2 vs GB (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
For the second straight week, Jace Amaro was a complete afterthought. Amaro caught his only pass early in the first quarter on a quick dump off. He wasn't targeted again.
2014 Week 3 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
After two weeks of lackluster performances, Jace Amaro finally stepped up and made a big play. During the second quarter, Amaro ran a deep drag route and made a leaping catch for a 43-yard gain. Amaro showed impressive body control and field awareness as he finished the catch before absorbing a big hit. Amaro caught two more passes on short crossing routes, but was unable to generate any yards after the catch.
2014 Week 4 vs DET (5 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Jace Amaro's role continues to grow. Even though four of his five catches occurred during the fourth quarter, Amaro displayed good body control and field awareness with every catch. Early in the fourth quarter, Amaro ran an option route, sat in the middle of Detroit's zone coverage and secured a 13-yard gain. During New York's next drive, Smith targeted Amaro twice and Amaro turned those targets into 30 yards. Amaro's biggest play of the game, a 21-yard run-and-catch on a short cross, was impressive. Amaro displayed impressive open field speed, accelerating by the linebacker into the secondary. New York's other tight ends, Jeff Cumberland and Zach Sudfeld, were each targeted once, but were unable to secure catches.
2014 Week 5 vs SD (3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
During the week, New York expressed a desire to get Amaro more involved. Amaro, however, did not receive his first target until late in the second quarter and did not complete his first catch until midway through the third quarter. On a 1st-and-10 play, Vick hit Amaro on an option route for a seven yard gain. Amaro hauled in his last two receptions during New York's last drive for gains of nine and three yards, respectively when San Diego relaxed its coverage.
2014 Week 6 vs DEN (12 / 10 / 68 / 1 rec)
New York's coaching staff finally delivered on its promise to feature Amaro. Amaro received a team high 12 targets, which included six first quarter targets. During New York's first scoring drive, Amaro turned four targets into three catches, 30 yards, and a touchdown. Amaro ran a variety of seam and deep drag routes, which created mismatches against Denver's linebackers. Amaro capped the scoring drive with a two-yard touchdown grab over TJ Ward. Amaro ran a fade route, used his body to box out Ward, and easily plucked the pass for the score. Denver's defense made an adjustment after the touchdown and became more physical at the line of scrimmage. Amaro was limited during the second and third quarters, but amassed 19 yards against soft zone coverage in the fourth quarter. While rookie tight ends normally struggle early on, Amaro proved he could make plays if he receives targets.
2014 Week 7 vs NE (5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Despite receiving twelve targets against Denver, Amaro's usage was reduced against New England. Amaro appeared on 33 of 87 offensive snaps. Amaro lined up in the slot and had a clear advantage over New England's slot corners, but was unable to break any big plays as he had trouble beating press coverage. Amaro ran a variety of intermediate routes, but had trouble creating separation. Amaro was targeted on New York's two-point conversion play, but Smith released the pass too quickly and it sailed over Amaro's outstretched hand.
2014 Week 8 vs BUF (5 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Jace Amaro led all pass catchers with 51 receiving yards, but four of his five catches occurred during garbage time. Amaro caught all five of his targets and continued to terrorize linebackers and safeties over the middle of the field. Vick completed his first pass of the game on a quick crossing route to Amaro. Amaro turned up field and accelerated into the open field for a 20-yard gain. Amaro wasn't targeted again until the fourth quarter. Amaro caught all four of his targets during New York's final, fourth quarter drive. Amaro took advantage of Buffalo's soft zone coverage. Alike New York's other pass catchers, poor quarterback play hurt their final outputs.
2014 Week 10 vs PIT (5 / 2 / 6 / 1 rec)
Jace Amaro tied for a team-high with five targets and continues to get comfortable within New York's offense. Late in the first quarter, Amaro ran an option route, settled into the back of the end zone, and caught a quick five-yard touchdown strike. Vick's throw was a little off-target, but Amaro showed impressive body control and poise to ensure both feet were in bounds.
2014 Week 15 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Amaro continues to play a very small role in New York's offense. New York has put more emphasis on its running game, which has resulted in fewer opportunities for Amaro. Amaro caught his only pass on a short crossing route and outran the linebacker for a 20-yard gain.
2014 Week 17 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Jace Amaro continued to serve as a chain mover for New York's offense. Early in the second quarter, on a 3rd-and-6 play, Amaro leaked out into the flat and secured a six yard gain for a first down. Midway through the second quarter, Smith came back to Amaro on a seam route for a 17-yard gain. Amaro was able to get behind the linebackers and jumped up to make a catch before taking a hit from safety, Jordan Kovacs. Amaro received one end target during the third quarter, but Smith's pass was off-target and Amaro did not have an opportunity to make a play.