Jace Amaro expected to return vs. Tennessee

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jace Amaro could only sit back and watch, as a New York Jets season that was already bad got even worse.

Amaro, the rookie tight end who missed the last two Jets gameswith a concussion, could only wonder if he could have helped.

He and the Jets will find out Sunday, when Amaro is expected back in the lineup for the Jets' game against the Tennessee Titans. Amaro practiced fully this week, and the Jets list him as probable for Sunday.

"When you miss some games, especially some close ones where you feel you could have made a difference, it definitely puts a point of emphasis on getting back and playing well," Amaro said Sunday.

Amaro seemed to be progressing before the injury, with a 10-catch game against the Denver Broncos and a touchdown catch in the Jets' upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jets have struggled at tight end with him out; Jeff Cumberland dropped a pass in the end zone last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

It wouldn't be a surprise if the Jets cut back on Cumberland's playing time, possibly even with Zach Sudfeld seeing some time. But Amaro's return could be key.

"He has done some very good things," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "We all have to get better at some other things, but he has done well."

Amaro, a second-round pick out of Texas Tech, feels good about his rookie season.

"I know Marty's got a good plan for me," Amaro said. "He's always had a plan to emphasize me, every week. I feel like I had a good first half of a season. I just want to finish these games strong, and make a point out of what I want to bring into next year.

"I'm taking these last three games as training opportunities, to get to where I want to be next year."