When the Tennessee Titans snagged Jace Amaro off waivers from the New York Jets last season, they probably did so based largely on the tight end’s receiving prowess he showed his rookie season.
But as Amaro quickly found out, in Tennessee, at least, the responsibility to block is just as a big a deal as catching the football – especially for the end line or second tight end.
Last season, Amaro sort of learned on the fly, played a couple of games as the receiving tight end when Delanie Walker was banged up, but mostly watched as Anthony Fasano and Phillip Supernaw were active on game days as the blocking tight end for the Titans.
Before the Titans lost Fasano in free agency to the Dolphins and before they spent a third-round pick on rookie Jonnu Smith of Florida International, the gauntlet was thrown down by head coach Mike Mularkey and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie that if Amaro wanted to secure his spot on the roster and on the active list on Sundays in 2017, he would have to improve his skills as a run blocker.
To his credit, Amaro is taking the challenge head on during OTAs, working more as an end line tight end, and using some of his 6-5, 265 frame to open holes for the running backs.