When the Jets selected Jace Amaro with the 49th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, a lot of fans were delighted, me included. However the young Texas Tech product has struggled to impress early in camp, and today things got worse. After a disappointing performance he got an earful from both offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and presumed starter Geno Smith.
Here are a few tweets explaining the struggles:
Amaro on diff. between concepts in college & pros: "It's like speaking Chinese to English. It's like numbers to crazy lingo." #Jets— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) July 30, 2014
Terrible day for Jace Amaro, who slips on a Vick pass that was intercepted by Antonio Allen for a pick-six. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) July 30, 2014
Jace Amaro with a brutal drop. He heard it from Mo and Geno #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) July 30, 2014
Jace Amaro with a brutal drop in the open space. Quinton Coples even giving him a hard time about that drop. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) July 30, 2014
It's very obvious to me that Jace is really struggling to adapt to this play-book. One of the main differences between a college playbook and a professional one sits in terminology. It takes some time to get used to, and if you are used to getting by on natural talent alone, it will take you a little longer.
Jace has struggled in almost every department which is a worry, even as a rookie. He is dropping passes, running the wrong routes and getting outplayed by every other TE on the roster. However it's natural for a rookie to struggle and at certain points, he has flashed his natural potential, but he just needs to be more consistent.
Hopefully Amaro can put a rocky first week behind him and really come out firing in week two. I will say however, it doesn't matter if you're a rookie or not, if you are struggling to understand the playbook or not, if you drop a pass in open space, you deserve to get an earful from your offensive team-mates and coaches.