CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Running a pass route in a 7-on-7 drill Sunday, tight end Jace Amaro made a hard cut and his right knee "gave out a little bit," he said. That certainly doesn't sound good, but the New York Jets' rookie, who sat out the rest of Sunday's practice, said he will be ready for the next practice, on Tuesday.
Rex Ryan confirmed the timetable, saying it's not a serious injury. No doubt, that's a relief for the Jets, who have big plans for the former Texas Tech star.
Turns out Amaro had been bothered by knee tendinitis in recent weeks. He called it a "nagging injury" and a "wear-and-tear deal," attributing it to the nonstop pace of the past year -- from his college season to scouting-combine prep to post-draft practices and the minicamp. Sunday's incident was a "tweak" to his patella tendon, causing it to become "a little inflamed," he said.
"It's going to be fine," he said. "I don't think there's anything to worry about."
The Jets drafted Amaro in the second round, expecting him to develop into a major pass-catching threat. After all, he caught 106 passes last season for Texas Tech. He struggled learning the Jets' offense in the spring. He also has a long way to go as a blocker, but he's proud of the way he blocked Sunday in the 9-on-7 drill, coming off a shaky performance Saturday.
"I feel a lot more comfortable than I did the first couple of weeks (of offseason practices)," he said.
You can't accuse Amaro of being lazy. He catches 150 balls a day on the JUGS machine.