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WR Danny Amendola - New England Patriots

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

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General News (Tue Feb 2): is not expected to be released this offseason despite a $6.8 million salary cap hit he would cause. Releasing Amendola would save the Patriots $3.5 million against the salary cap.

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 at MIA 23 0 0 0 4 2 17 0 0 1.7
19 vs KC 44 0 0 0 3 2 18 0 0 1.8
20 at DEN 55 0 0 0 8 5 39 0 0 3.9

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 20 vs DEN (8 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)

Amendola played a bit role as the #2 WR against the Broncos, catching some short passes with none of note. His Patriots future is tenuous, as he never lived up to expectations this season for the most part.

2015 Week 19 vs KC (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

With Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski back in the fold, Amendola wasn't a huge part of the gameplan. Tom Brady did miss him on a potential long gain, but beyond that, there wasn't much to speak of.

2015 Week 17 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Amendola may not have been at 100%, as Tom Brady rarely looked his way and Amendola wasn't getting the separation and spacing he normally does. As a result, he wasn't able to do much with the Dolphins.

2015 Week 15 vs TEN (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

The key takeaway is that the brittle Amendola was once again injured in the second quarter against the Titans, contributing to his low totals. Amendola also fumbled a punt return prior to his injury, something that has been a theme for the Patriots in recent weeks.

2015 Week 14 vs HOU (8 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)

Danny Amendola was his usual self, making tough catches in shorter areas of the field. It was notable, however, that he tried a couple juke moves once he made receptions at different times, and none of them ended up working out. Though he's clearly one of Brady's most trusted targets at the moment, it may be plays such as this that separate Julian Edelman and Amendola.

2015 Week 13 vs PHI (13 / 7 / 62 / 1 rec)

Though Amendola played reasonably, he did have a couple drops, with a key one on the Patriots final drive to ensure the Eagles won the game. He's definitely a good slot receiver, but probably isn't suited as the Patriots #1 target, which means Edelman and Gronk need to heal up ASAP for the passing attack to thrive again. Amendola's touchdown was a nifty corner route against a defensive back that saw him pretty wide open as he blew by his defender.

2015 Week 11 vs BUF (12 / 9 / 117 / 0 rec)

For a part of the day, Danny Amendola was the entire Patriots passing attack. He made catch after catch, finding soft spots in the Bills zone defense and consistently making touch catches. Amendola also had a potential long touchdown called back on an inadvertent whistle, something that infuriated everyone watching. However, Amendola was hurt on a punt return, and didn't play for a portion of the second half. With Julian Edelman already shelved, if Amendola is hurt for an extended period, the Patriots receiving corps is laughably thin and laughably untalented.

2015 Week 10 vs NYG (11 / 10 / 79 / 0 rec)

With Julian Edelman going down with injury, Danny Amendola was forced to step it up, and he did in a few critical areas including first down conversions. None was bigger than his 4th and 10 conversion on the game's final drive, which helped jumpstart the game-winning drive for the Patriots as time expired. Other than that, there were a lot of shorter gains for Amendola, but going forward, he will likely see a ton of targets.

2015 Week 9 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Though he did catch 4 balls, there wasn't much to speak of for Amendola beyond a first down conversion. His catches were mostly screens, and a couple barely gained any yardage.

2015 Week 8 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

As expected, Amendola's role was fairly inconsistent against the Dolphins. As Brandon LaFell rounds into form, Amendola should see even more inconsistency.

2015 Week 7 vs NYJ (9 / 8 / 86 / 1 rec)

Your receiving star of the day was Danny Amendola, who made multiple critical catches and was Tom Brady's preferred target in crucial spots. Amendola had two big highlights. One was his touchdown catch that saw him leap in the air and secure a score while a defender was draped on him. His second was a 13 yard catch that again saw him leap and spear a high catch, a catch someone of his stature had no business making. Though he will be up and down this season, it's clear that when healthy, Amendola has the ability to make a difference.

2015 Week 6 vs IND (9 / 7 / 105 / 0 rec)

Seemingly able to get open at will with the Colts focusing much of their coverage on Rob Gronkowski, Amendola had a great day with a few key plays. Two of his big gainers were simply a result of busted coverage and finding holes in the zone defense. He also converted a long screen pass for a first down, as an entire of truckload of blockers easily paved the way for nearly 20 yards. Despite the big day, Amendola will likely be up and down in terms of stats on the season.

2015 Week 5 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

After scoring a touchdown in his last game, Amendola was a pure afterthought in the game against the Cowboys, securing 2 of 3 catches for 6 yards.

2015 Week 3 vs JAX (5 / 5 / 39 / 1 rec)

Danny Amendola's best game of 2015 saw him score an easy touchdown to put the Patriots up 20-3 against the Jaguars. Amendola broke left from the slot in the red zone, and the Jaguars simply forgot to cover him. Beyond that, all of Amendola's catches were extremely short screens or passes.

2015 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Beyond his usual returns, Danny Amendola didn't do much. His one catch was a spectacular one and helped to convert a Patriots score, but beyond that, not much to speak of.

2015 Week 1 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Danny Amendola's night could have been bigger, but Tom Brady missed him on a deep ball that would have netted 30+ yards. Beyond that, it was the Gronk, Edelman, and Lewis show, with Amendola 4th in line for targets.


Latest News

Patriots | Malcolm Mitchell fits in New England (Sat Apr 30, 01:43 PM) - New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell has the short-area burst the team looks for in receivers, and beat writer Mike Reiss believes the addition of Mitchell will give the team flexibility in handling the contract situation of WR Danny Amendola.

Our View: Amendola has been a mixed bag for New England, so getting someone who could replace him is a good idea anyway, contract notwithstanding. We never know who will step up for the Patriots beyond Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, so don't sell your house to move up in Dynasty for Mitchell, but keep an eye on him.
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