Jace Amaro's purpose in a Jets uniform is no secret: on a team previously devoid of weapons, Gang Green is desperately hoping the second-round pick turns into one. The team that had the second-worst passing offense in the NFL believes Amaro is part of the equation to turn its air game around.

“I think that’s why they drafted me,” Amaro said Friday after the first day of rookie minicamp in Florham Park.

“I don’t know how many balls he caught. . . but it was a bunch,” Rex Ryan said after Friday’s practice. “And I was like, ‘Hmm, looks like (offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) thinks we’ve got a new toy and we’re trying to feature him.”

Amaro is an imposing receiver: at 6-5, 260 pounds, he figures to be a tough man to bring down. “And those guys are hard to cover,” Ryan said. “You’re almost in between. If you cover with a small guy, they put small guys out there, you’re able to run the football. If they put bigger guys (on the field), then you’re able to throw it on people.”

In order to make a major impact, however, the tight end is essentially going to have make a positional adjustment. At Texas Tech, Amaro played mostly out of the slot; he estimated Friday that he played on the line for only 15% of the Red Raiders’ snaps. “If I really want to play a lot like I do, that’s something I’m going to have to do, is really work on my three-point stance game,” Amaro said. “From blocking, to running routes out of it, it’s really different.”

Amaro is right: unless he can demonstrate he can block well, he won’t be able to play on every snap. And he has to familiarize himself with a far more complex system than the one he played in at college. Texas Tech played a fast-paced no-huddle offense in which a simple number could indicate the play; now he’s in a pro-style offense with countless permutations among the vast quantity of plays. On Friday, Amaro felt as if he had adjusted well to both the new system and positioning.