New Titans tight end Jace Amaro said he felt he had played well enough in preseason to make the New York Jets roster.
That said, he is grateful to be in Tennessee after the Titans plucked him off the waiver wire on Sunday.
“I think I played well enough in training camp with the Jets to make that team, but it is what it is over there,” Amaro said. “But I feel grateful that the Titans gave me an opportunity. I’m just going to take it and get ready for Sunday.”
Amaro, who had 38 receptions as a rookie second-round pick of the Jets in 2014, missed all of last season after tearing the labrum in his shoulder and requiring surgery. He now comes to the Titans, who were a little short at the tight end position after Craig Stevens’ retirement.
Amaro, however, isn’t the same type of tight end that Stevens was, being more of a receiver than a force in the run game as an extra blocker. Titans coach Mike Mularkey concedes that, but wants to see Amaro improve as a run blocker, while being able to create mismatches with him as a pass receiver.
“When he came out, he was really regarded as a spread-out tight end that could have some mismatches with linebackers and safeties. I liked him coming out. I know Jon (Robinson) did,” Mularkey said. “He’s got some work to do in the inline blocking. He knows that. That’s what we’re here for. I kind of take pride in that, teaching them the ins and outs of blocking at the point. But at his size and to be able to run like he does, that is a mismatch.”
Amaro knows that his blocking will have to get better.
“I think I’m going to be a little more technically sound here. Just going through this practice, it’s really going to come down to fundamentals. We see how that goes,” he said.
Of course, the biggest challenge short-term for Amaro is to learn the Titans playbook well enough to be on the field in Sunday’s opener vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
“I have to get into this playbook, and that’s really all I’m concentrating on right now. Learning a new offense in a week is obviously a challenge, but I’ve got six days to prepare. It’s obviously going to take a lot of hours going into Sunday, but I plan on being ready to go,” he said.
Of note in Monday’s work, tight end Anthony Fasano suffered a hyper-extended knee, but the Titans expect him back on Wednesday.
Also, Kendall Wright did some running after practice with his injured hamstring.