|Offense||10th||116.8 (10th)||253.6 (13th)|
|Defense||4th||83.4 (2nd)||235.2 (13th)|
Amaro (shoulder) could be used as an H-back or fullback this season, though he believes he should be used as a pass-catching tight end, ESPN.com reports.
Amaro missed all of last season due to a torn labrum, and with the current coaching staff unfamiliar with him after they took over last season, it's unclear what kind of role he will be given. With Jeff Cumberland gone, the Jets will have Amaro compete with Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld, which is hardly considerable competition for a player who was a significant part of the passing game in college at Texas Tech.
Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey recently suggested he will adjust his system as necessary to suit Forte's strengths, ESPN.com reports.
Asked how Forte will fit in his scheme, Gailey simply replied, "That's not the question. The question is, how do we adjust the system to fit Matt Forte?" Fortunately for all parties, Forte is one of the better pass-catching backs in NFL history, which should make him a natural fit in Gailey's spread attack. Bilal Powell will likely have a role and Khiry Robinson could also be in the mix, but the Jets seemingly intend for Forte to join Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker as centerpieces of the offense. The team has an unimpressive group of tight ends, along with shaky depth behind its top duo at wideout.
Smith (knee) is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list, making him "doubtful" to play in Week 1 against the Bengals, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.
The recovery timetable for an ACL tear has dwindled in recent years, but such injuries need to be explored on a case-by-case basis. Considering Smith's rookie campaign came to a close in Week 14, it's no surprise that the final stages of his rehabilitation will extend into training camp, at least, and potentially into the regular season. Once healthy, though, he'll have a prime opportunity to succeed in a receiving corps that's unproven behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
Decker and fellow wideout Brandon Marshall developed a strong rapport with Fitzpatrick during their first season together last year, and while Fitzpatrick remains an unsigned free agent, neither Decker nor Marshall were present for the Jets' voluntary practices this week. At the moment, negotiations between Fitzpatrick and the Jets appear to be at a standstill, but it remains to be seen whether the absences of Decker and Marshall could influence New York to close a deal sooner than later.
Robinson was carted off the field during the Saints' Week 8 victory over the Giants and eventually diagnosed with a broken tibia, failing to play another snap the rest of the season. Though no reason was given for his inability to practice this week, it's almost certainly related to this season-ending injury to his leg. Nonetheless, the former West Texas A&M stud could use all the time he can get in front his new employer if he wants a role in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's revamped offense this season, where he joins Matt Forte and Bilal Powell in a new-look running back corps. Forte figures to handle the bulk of the early-down work, with Powell deployed in pass-catching situations. Robinson, however, is most reminiscent of the
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