Jace Amaro is pumped up to be a member of the Jets, but said he initially struggled with the idea of not returning to Texas Tech for his senior season. He ended up getting the advice he needed from the one person who probably would have benefited most from him staying in school. Speaking to WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Friday, the big tight end said Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury ultimately erased any doubts he had about turning pro. “It was definitely hard for me, especially because my whole family revolves around Texas Tech. My parents graduated from there. My sister graduated from there. I have a bunch of family in Lubbock, so, you know, it was really tough for me,” said Amaro, who was selected in the second round of last month’s draft. Amaro said he told Kingsbury that he would return, but the coach put his player’s future before the program. “He said this is the best choice for you, which ultimately it was. And I’m glad that I made this choice and I’m really confident about where I am and where I stand on this team,” Amaro said. The Jets are hoping the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Amaro turns into the prototypical NFL tight end, one that catches everything and can run the types of downfield routes that can stretch the field in the same manner that a speedy wide receiver can. Amaro, who had 106 receptions, 1,352 yards and 7 touchdowns during his final season at Texas Tech, said he’s in sponge mode, trying to absorb everything. “I’ve been here for three weeks and I think it’s finally starting to click,” Amaro said after Friday’s OTA workout in Florham Park. “I felt really good at practice today, really smooth and I’m finally understanding the offense now. It’s becoming a lot more smooth for me. I’m just going out there and learning the plays and getting thrown the ball from Geno and Vick, so I feel like it’s going really well for me right now.” Amaro was asked if his game compares to any tight end currently in the NFL. He said his hope is to be unique. “I spent hours watching (Jimmy) Graham, (Rob) Gronkowski, (Tony) Gonzalez and so with all that I think it really helped me develop my game, but I don’t really try to imagine myself as any one of those guys. I just try to do what I do because I’m a different player than all of them,” Amaro said. Because the Jets haven’t been equipped with a potential game-changing tight end in a very long time, there will be a lot of expectations thrust up on Amaro. He said how he prepares will tell the tale on what kind of player he becomes at the highest level.
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