Jace Amaro drafted by New York Jets at No. 49


NEW YORK -- As expected, the New York Jets have used their second-round pick to add a weapon on offense.

The Jets selected Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro with the 49th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on Friday at Radio City Music Hall.

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Amaro was a historically productive performer in his final season with the Red Raiders, finishing with 106 catches for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns. He set an FBS record for receiving yards by a tight end.

He's a Rex Ryan-style player as well, a physical presence who embraces his responsibilities as a blocker. This is a must in a Jets offense that likely will lean hard on the run this season. Expect to see plenty of sets with both Amaro and fellow tight end Jeff Cumberland, who re-signed with the team earlier in the offseason.

The Jets' offense is getting better. Eric Decker and Amaro count as two legitimate red-zone targets, or roughly two more than offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg had at his disposal last season.

Ever-patient Jets general manager John Idzik opted not to move up via trade and watched the top remaining wide receivers come off the board. The Jets landed a promising playmaker anyway.

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