Rookie tight end Jace Amaro dreams big

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jace Amaro has always had high expectations for himself.

So who better for the Jets' rookie tight end to emulate than Tony Gonzalez?

"He's kind of old-school, but he did some great things, too, and I definitely feel like I'd like to [model] his game," said the 6-5, 265-pound Amaro after Friday's first rookie minicamp practice. "That's someone I'd love to ultimately be. He's supposedly the greatest tight end ever to play the game and that's somewhere I want to be, too."

Amaro certainly doesn't lack confidence. That's why the second-round pick isn't shy about stating his personal goals for this season and beyond.

"That's the plan," he said of making an immediate impact on offense. "I think that's why they drafted me in the second round, is to get the ball early. For me, that was the plan, as well. I think these guys want me to catch a lot of balls and hopefully, I know that I can get the playbook down, and just really understanding the offense is going to be the biggest thing for me on impacting on my rookie year or not.

"I'm not going to say I'm going to catch 100 balls, but I think, for me, that's going to be my goal every season, whether it's five years or 10 years, to catch 100 balls on a consistent basis."

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Though Amaro -- who signed his rookie deal yesterday -- has just one practice, coach Rex Ryan has no doubt his new tight end will add a special element to their offense.

"I don't know how many balls he caught, but it was a bunch," said the Jets coach, joking that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg viewed Amaro as "a new toy" to play with. "He's a guy, with that kind of size, his kind of receiving skills, an excellent route-runner, I think absolutely will add to our passing game."

Amaro said he got a taste for how the Jets typically use their tight ends when he visited the team's facility earlier this offseason. "They really kind of plan for me what they did with [Aaron] Hernandez with the Patriots, which was moving Hernandez around. And I think that's what they're going to do with me. I think with me and [tight end Jeff] Cumberland, it's going to be a good deal."

Police pass on Thurman.The Morristown, New Jersey, police department issued a release regarding a 28-year-old woman's report of an "alleged simple assault" involving Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, 58. Police said the victim claimed she had been slapped by a male she identified as Thurman during an exchange at Pazzo Pazzo Restaurant in Morristown Wednesday afternoon. Police said they referred the victim to the Violations Bureau of the Morristown Municipal Court and advised her on how she could pursue a complaint. Morristown police said there will be no further investigation.

The Jets released a statement through a team spokesman: "We take these matters seriously. There have been no charges filed and we will continue to monitor the situation."

Notes & quotes:The Jets claimed former Rams running back Daryl Richardson off waivers . . . Wide receiver Jalen Saunders, a fourth-round pick in last week's draft, also signed his rookie deal yesterday.

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