Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Jace Amaro (22) checks the scoreboard in the second quarter in the game with the Arizona State Sun Devils at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Red Raiders Daily: Amaro Impressive in First Practices with Jets

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Practice report: Amaro catches on quickly

Jace Amaro’s first week of practice with his new team reportedly went very well, writes Jets beat writer for ESPN Rich Cimini:

Jace impresses: Tight end Jace Amaro was among the standouts in practice. The second-round pick caught everything, displaying sure hands and good body control. You could tell instantly that he has caught a lot of passes in his career. His speed doesn’t jump out, but he’s a fluid route runner. He’s known as a pass-receiving tight end, but he certainly has the size (6-5, 265 pounds) to be an in-line blocker.

Amaro: I want 100 catches a year

Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) carries the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the 2013 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) carries the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the 2013 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cimini caught up with Amaro later, who says he eventually wants to be a Tony Gonzales-level tight end in the league:

“Eventually, I’d like to do that on a consistent basis, be a tight end that catches 100 balls a year,” said Amaro, who signed a four-year, $4.3 million contract before his first practice. “That might be five years from now, it might be 10. That’s kind of a goal for me.”

Amaro did it last season at Texas Tech, racking up 106 receptions for 1,352 yards — an FBS yardage record for tight ends. The numbers might be inflated because he played in an up-tempo offense that averaged 55 pass attempts per game, but the Jets believe he has the talent to upgrade their 31st-ranked passing attack.

“A guy with that kind of size (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) and his kind of skills … absolutely, he’ll add to our passing game,” coach Rex Ryan said. “Those guys are hard to cover.”

Texas Tech’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ QB might be next sports superstar

Patrick Mahomes still hasn’t made it to campus yet, where he’ll assume the heir-to-the-throne position behind Davis Webb, but already he’s drawing headlines as a potential superstar writes Louis Ojeda Jr. of Fox Sports Southwest:

“He’s once-in-a-lifetime talent,” Whitehouse High School baseball coach Derrick Jenkins told MaxPreps. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime kid.”
That’s not surprising for someone who’s the son of a former Major League pitcher, Pat Mahomes.

He was named the 2013 AP Texas State Football Player of the Year after passing for 4,619 yards, rushing for 940 yards, and accounting for 65 total touchdowns.

On the baseball diamond, he tossed a no-hitter last March. But his skills aren’t limited to pitching.
“He can do pretty much anything he wants to do on the baseball field,” Jenkins said. “Plus he’s the smartest baseball player I’ve ever coached.”

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