FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On Sunday in their season opener against the Cleveland Browns, in all likelihood the New York Jets will have only two tight ends on their gameday roster. It would have been three if tight end Jace Amaro wasn't out for the season, but apparently the Jets will never know what they're missing if he was able to play. Shots fired.
The team's second round pick a season ago, Amaro is shelved for the rest of the season following shoulder surgery last week. After leading all rookie tight ends in receptions last year, Amaro was thought to be a major part of the team's depth chart. His career seemed to be pointed in the right direction
Instead, he struggled to see the field even in training camp.
"By the time we didn't have Jace, we were still in the evaluation process with everybody," offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said on Thursday. This is Gailey's first year with the Jets. "I don't know that we know what's gone to be honest with you."
Apparently the Jets knew enough though to make Amaro third on their depth chart prior to the first game of preseason.
In his place, it looks like wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will benefit by getting more snaps. The Jets will likely use Eneunwa and his big frame in a role in the passing offense similar to that of a tight end. But in terms of a blocking capacity, that role will likely fall to Jeff Cumberland or Kellen Davis, who is an excellent blocker.
"You have to use Quincy in a lot of different ways. He has some speed, he has some wide receiver skills," Gailey said. "We won't ask him to do any in-line blocking but we might ask him to do a lot of other things that tight ends do from time-to-time."
Enunwa was a sixth round pick of the Jets last year.