Jace Amaro, TE, Titans
2016 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs
Jace had no real fantasy value in 2014 other than Week 6 against the Broncos when he caught ten passes for 68 yards and a TD on 12 targets. He finished with 38 catches for 345 yards and two TDs on 53 targets. His season was cut short in 2015 due to a torn labrum. Even before his injury, the Jets' coaching staff was down on his upside. In college, Amaro had a huge breakout year in his junior season at Texas Tech where he caught 106 passes for 1352 yards and 7 TDs. In 2013, he had a run of nine games where he caught eight or more passes. During that stretch, Jace had 82 catches for 1060 yards and 3 TDs. Texas Tech used him primarily out of the slot position where many times he had free releases downfield. He showed value working the middle of the field, but he doesn't have elite speed (4.74 forty yard dash) or quickness (4.30 20 yard shuttle). He showed strength at the combine (28 reps on the bench press), but his blocking technique wasn't impressive as many times he didn't attack when engaging his opponent. Amaro's lack of a first step and wiggle may limit his value at the goal line. When catching the ball, he runs with power with some downfield acceleration. He'll need to improve his in-line blocking while showing the ability to beat a physical defender off the line of scrimmage. The addition of Marshal paired with Decker should give Amaro a larger window to make plays while drawing weaker coverage in all areas of the field. Last year the Jets only completed eight passes to the TE for 95 yards and one TD (lowest production by a wide margin in the NFL). Amaro has a lot to prove in 2016, but New York has no real talent behind him at the TE position. His college resume points to high upside, but this offense isn't structured for him to be a huge factor in the passing game. At best, Jace is the 4th option in the passing game behind Marshal, Decker, and the RBs. I like to hear some positive momentum out of him in training camp.
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