Jace Amaro, TE, Jets
|TE||202.50||NYJ||Injured Reserve||2 years||23||6'5||265|
2015 Outlook: Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)Last updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs
FANTASY PROFILE / STATS & MORE
Jace had no real fantasy value in 2014 outside of his big Week 6 performance against the Broncos when he caught 10 passes for 68 yards and a TD on 12 targets. He finished his rookie year with 38 catches, 345 yards and two scores on 53 targets. Amaro broke out in a big way during his 2013 junior season at Texas Tech as he caught 106 passes for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns. He had a run of nine consecutive games in which he caught at least eight. During that stretch, Jace compiled 82 catches for 1,060 yards. Texas Tech used him primarily out of the slot, where he often had a free release off the line of scrimmage. He can work the middle of the field, but he doesn't have elite speed (4.74 40-yard dash) or quickness (4.30 20-yard shuttle). He showed strength at the 2014 combine (28 reps on the bench press), but he was a neophyte in blocking when he arrived in the NFL. Amaro's lack of first-step quickness and wiggle may limit his value at the goal line. With the ball, he runs with power and has some downfield acceleration. He'll need to vastly improve his in-line blocking skills and show that he can beat a physical defender off the line. Marshall and Decker should give Amaro more space to make plays and draw coverage away from him. Last season, the Jets completed 66 passes to their tight ends for 677 yards and three touchdowns. Jace will take a step forward this year, but the question is: how much? Amaro is an upside player who may become the Jets' third option in the passing game this season. The 22-year-old is a fine backup TE in fantasy, and 55 catches for 550 yards and four TDs is a solid starting baseline.
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