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WR Danny Amendola - New England Patriots

5-10, 183Born: 11-2-1985College: Texas TechDrafted: ---

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Week 21: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Patriots at this point are a known commodity at this point with Tom Brady. The Patriots boast a highly effective offense that can beat you in so many ways. The Patriots can beat you with their running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. This causes the Patriots to be extremely dangerous as there is no way to stop them it is only to contain them. Whether it is Dion Lewis or James White out of the background, Danny Amendola or Brandin Cooks as wide receivers or Rob Gronkowski at the tight end position. The Patriots have given Tom Brady so many options that everything is set up in their passing game. The one weakness the Patriots have is that their offensive line is banged up. Laadrian Waddle has really struggled at right tackle and Nate Solder has struggled at left tackle which could cause the Patriots issues if the Eagles are able to get pressure. The Eagles secondary is one that has improved throughout the season and a big part of that has been Jalen Mills. Mills who is a second-round draft pick struggled early on this season but has really picked his game up to go alongside Ronald Darby on the outside and Patrick Robinson out of the slot. The Patriots are going to have to try to find mismatches in this Eagles secondary and Eagles match up very well against the Patriots as Patrick Robinson is the best cornerback on the Eagles and he will be matched up against Danny Amendola who has largely been the best receiver in the playoffs this season. The Patriots may try to expose the Eagles is through the running backs as the Eagles have struggled against receiving tight ends as they allowed 6 receptions for 41 yards per game on the season which was league average in terms of points allowed to running backs on the season. The one area that the Eagles should struggle with the most in this game is with Rob Gronkowski as the Eagles have struggled against elite tight ends. Travis Kelce and Evan Engram who are the two best tight ends that the Eagles have faced both went for 80+ yards this season so if there is one weakness this is likely the weakness that the Patriots will have to take advantage of.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
17 vs NYJ 55 0 0 0 7 4 43 0 0 4.3
19 vs TEN 50 0 0 0 13 11 112 0 0 11.2
20 vs JAX 0 1 3 0 9 7 84 2 0 21.7
21 at PHI 62 0 0 0 11 8 152 0 0 15.2
21 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
21 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
21 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 20 vs JAX (9 / 7 / 84 / 2 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

It's not hyperbole to say that Amendola has been the best player for the Patriots this postseason, as he turned in another otherworldly playoff performance, moving chains and snagging a couple touchdowns to boot. With Gronk going down with injury, Amendola and fellow WR Brandin Cooks stepped up and beat an elite group of Jags corners, making them look pedestrian. Amendola's first touchdown was a shallow crossing route from a WR flood look. His second was an amazing toe-tap catch in the back of the end zone that many receivers would not have made. He also caught a Willie Mays basket-lob from Tom Brady to convert a fourth down. He'll need to keep it going against a studly Eagles defense in two weeks.

2017 Week 19 vs TEN (13 / 11 / 112 / 0 rec)

Gronk calls him Danny 'Playoff' Amendola, and with good reason. Amendola led the passing game charge, snagging everything in his vicinity, simply dominating old teammate Logan Ryan on many plays. The highlight was a scrambling across the body throw to the opposite side of the field by Tom Brady that Amendola leaped for and caught. Other than that, it was constant chain moving and precise route running. His role is up and down, but he shows up when it matters.

2017 Week 17 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)

Danny Amendola served as Brady's safety blanket over the middle. During the first half, Amendola converted key third and fourth down opportunities to put New England in the red zone. New York's nickel corners have struggled all season long, so Amendola didn't have any trouble winning at the line of scrimmage. Amendola had a long catch and run of 16 yards on a crossing route.

2017 Week 16 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Danny Amendola was limited to three targets on the game, all in the short and intermediate area of the field. Much of the passing game on the day ran through Dion Lewis and Rob Gronkowski, which left little for Amendola when New England only passed 28 times.

2017 Week 15 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

With Chris Hogan sidelined, Amendola had a chance to have a decent day, but it wasn't to be. There were few opportunities as Gronk dominated the day against the Steelers.

2017 Week 14 vs MIA (9 / 6 / 76 / 0 rec)

Amendola was the only wide receiver who was able to do anything against the Dolphins, but all his damage came when the Patriots were in throw-only mode. Expect his workload to dwindle with Gronk back from suspension.

2017 Week 13 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)

Beyond a nice 27 yard gain to start the day along the sideline, Amendola was fairly quiet, as the passing game took a backseat to the run game.

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (9 / 8 / 66 / 1 rec)

Oakland didn't have an answer for Danny Amendola on third downs. In the first half alone, Amendola converted three third down opportunities, which included a 5-yard touchdown strike on a crossing route in the back of the end zone. The pocket broke down, but Brady stepped up, and found a streaking Amendola in the back of the end zone. This scoring play gave New England a 14-0 advantage. Overall, Amendola's route running and shiftiness allow him to find open space against Oakland's zone coverage.

2017 Week 10 vs DEN (4 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Facing off against Chris Harris for a large part of the game, Amendola didn't make much noise against the Broncos, but that was mostly due to the aforementioned matchup. Tom Brady simply had better places to go with the ball.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Due to game script, the Patriots didn't attempt nearly as many passes as normal. As a result, Amendola didn't do much to speak of beyond a few short catches.

2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Not a huge game for Danny Amendola, but it wasn't his fault. There was slightly more run/pass balance, the Jets defense played him well, and Gronk and Brandin Cooks both had big games.

2017 Week 5 vs TB (8 / 8 / 77 / 0 rec)

Amendola looked no worse for wear after his injury earlier in the year, consistently catching key conversions and beating the Bucs in the middle of the field. Most of his routes were short to intermediate, but he worked them well, particularly when the Bucs went into zone looks. His catch share may have been inflated due to a Gronk injury, but he will still get plenty of work going forward.

2017 Week 4 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 42 / 1 rec)

Looking fully healthy, Amendola saw several targets against the Panthers. He did score a touchdown on a short 4th down, but his most notable catch saw him hanging onto a first down conversion despite an absolutely bone-jarring tackle that whiplashed him to the ground. He was also called for a spotty interference penalty early in the game.

2017 Week 3 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

Though he was back from injury, Amendola didn't make much noise thanks to other players gobbling up yardage and creating huge plays. As such, the short passing game wasn't used as much, but the key is that Amendola is healthy again - for now.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (7 / 6 / 100 / 0 rec)

The good news was that Amendola was one of Brady's preferred targets and paced the team in receptions and yards. The bad news is that Amendola was concussed in the second half of the game, and may be looking at an absence from games. The injury actually happened on a punt return, an area the Patriots are extremely thin at right now. Amendola also lost a fumble, which is a big no-no in Patriots world, and ran a crucial route just short of the first down line, a clear mental error. Amendola will be a factor when healthy, but that 'when' is anyone's guess.

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Latest News

Patriots | Free agency decisions ahead for New England (Mon Feb 5, 01:55 PM) - The New England Patriots face the prospect of losing several key free agents. The Patriots have to address key impending free agents in OTs Nate Solder, Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle, along with RB Rex Burkhead, WR Danny Amendola, CB Malcolm Butler, WR/ST Matthew Slater and RB Dion Lewis. New England is projected to have approximately $17 million in salary cap space. TE Dwayne Allen, TE Martellus Bennett, DT Alan Branch, LB David Harris and RB Mike Gillislee all could be released to create more cap space.

Our View: Solder is their franchise left tackle, and there's not a lot of talent at the position in this free agent class. There is speculation that Solder will end up retiring.
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Patriots | Danny Amendola caps big playoff run (Sun Feb 4, 10:32 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola caught eight of his 11 targets for 152 yards in a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, and he caught 26 passes for 348 yards in three games this postseason.

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