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Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro treats rough practice as learning experience

Jets tight end Jace Amaro hauls in a

Jets tight end Jace Amaro hauls in a pass during training camp in Cortland, N.Y. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Credit: Hans Pennink

CORTLAND, N.Y. - The miscues began to mount as Jace Amaro's day continued.

But the Jets' second-round pick didn't seem fazed by his rough outing Wednesday or his long conversation with general manager John Idzik after practice.

Rather than hang his head or show signs of frustration after a day in which he dropped catchable passes and was chewed out by coordinator Marty Mornhinweg for running the wrong routes, Amaro maintained that mistakes are part of the NFL learning curve.

"John was just telling me what he sees in me and what he believes I can do," Amaro said. "He's right. I just have to go out there and relax and play."

It's been a rough start to training camp for Amaro, who had been sidelined since tweaking his right knee on Sunday. Wednesday's session was just his fourth training camp practice.

Geno Smith and Muhammad Wilkerson both got on his case after the 6-5, 265-pound tight end dropped what had appeared to be an easy reception. Amaro also fell while running a route, which allowed safety Antonio Allen to reel in a pick-6 on a Michael Vick pass.

But Amaro, who stated several times after the draft that he should have been the first tight end taken off the board, not Detroit's Eric Ebron, said he didn't think he had a poor showing yesterday.

"I don't really feel like I had a bad day," said the Texas Tech product, who likened learning the new terminology to "speaking Chinese to English, numbers to crazy lingo."

"There were a couple of plays I didn't do very well. But I did some really good things that people probably wouldn't take notice of that the coaches will.

"There were a couple of concepts that sounded similar," he added, when asked about Mornhinweg shouting at him. "Geno was in the huddle and I got them a little confused. But it was nothing insulting or anything like that."

Asked about Amaro's bad drops in practice, Rex Ryan defended his rookie tight end.

"Guys, he caught 106 balls [in college]. Did he drop balls? Yeah, sure," the coach said. "But we know he's got the physical skills to do it. He's got to focus. Sometimes if your head's in other places and you're thinking and all that, it's hard to be at your best."

Amaro agrees. "I have big expectations for myself. I know what I can do," he said, adding that he's done "a really good job" beating his opponents one-on-one and running routes.

"I'm making a lot of things a lot more difficult than what they really should be because I'm not completely comfortable yet with this entire organization from the playbook and knowing how the coaches coach."

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