WR Danny Amendola - New England Patriots
|5-10, 183||Born: 11-2-1985||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: ---|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Jan 20): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Thu Jan 19): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Jan 18): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 20: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. New England defeated the Steelers 27-16 at Heinz Field back on October 23rd, 2016. However, in that game Ben Roethlisberger sat out due to his torn knee meniscus cartilage that had been surgically repaired just prior to the Week Seven game. Tom Brady threw 19/26 for 222 yards, two TDs and threw zero interceptions while taking zero sacks during the contest. However, his lead receiver that day, Rob Gronkowski (four targets for 4/93/1 receiving) is now on I.R. (Julian Edelman was second in receiving at Pittsburgh with 10 targets for 9/60/0 receiving). Brady threw 18/38 for 287 yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. Houston last week, looking a little out-of-synch with his receivers due to heavy pass pressure (two sacks for -8 yards and several other hits/pressures). He did find his running backs for two short TD passes (seven targets for 2/23/1 receiving to Dion Lewis; one for 1/19/1 to James White). Edelman (13 targets for 8/137/0 receiving) was the main receiver last weekend, as per usual. Two games ago Brady blew up the Dolphins in the regular season finale, throwing 25/33 for 276 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with zero sacks taken before Jimmy Garoppolo cleaned up the 35-14 shellacking. Edelman (13 targets for 8/151/1 receiving), Michael Floyd (four for 3/36/1) and Martellus Bennett (five for 3/33/1) all hauled in scores during the rout. Wide receiver Chris Hogan said on Tuesday, January 17 that he feels good after exiting the game early with a thigh injury against the Houston Texans last weekend. '[I] just had a little minor setback in the game,' Hogan said. 'I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day.' Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches to see if Hogan can practice/get in the mix for the Patriots this weekend. Also, receiver Malcolm Mitchell (knee injury) appears to have a solid chance to play in the AFC Championship game, according to a source - the Patriots may have a plethora of targets available for Brady against Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh kept Alex Smith and company bottled up for most of the game at Kansas City, allowing just 20/34 for 166 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (with one sack for -6 yards generated). Even so, they needed a holding call on a two-point conversion try to fend off the Chiefs 18-16, but when the final gun went off it was Pittsburgh with a sloppy 'W' (the Steelers kicked six field goals last weekend, never finding the end zone in 60 minutes of play). Pittsburgh beat up Dolphins' backup Matt Moore in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, sacking him five times for -36 yards while allowing 29/36 for 253 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown. From Week 15-17 of regular season (the last three weeks, with no teams on bye), Pittsburgh has averaged 17 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-least in the NFL); and 17 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (tied for seventh-least); with 9.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-most). During regular season the Steelers averaged 242.6 net passing yards allowed per game (16th in the NFL) with 20 passing scores given out vs. 13 interceptions and 38 sacks generated (tied for 15th in the NFL and tied for ninth-ranked, respectively). In the post-season, the team has averaged 209.5 net passing yards allowed per game, a significant improvement over their regular season average. Pittsburgh's pass rush could pressure Brady in this game - it looks like a tough matchup is in store for the Patriots' offense in this game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 11 vs SF (3 / 2 / 2 / 1 rec)
Amendola's biggest impact came on special this week in San Francisco. He logged a long punt return in the first quarter as well as recovering an onside kick with two minutes to play in the nearly-decided game. On offense, Amendola came wide open in the back of the end zone as Tom Brady make a spectacular floating touchdown pass with imminent pocket pressure fading to his left. Amendola's biggest upside remains if Julian Edelman were to miss time.
2016 Week 8 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 29 / 1 rec)
Once again playing a limited snap count, Amendola still made one of them count. On a goal to go play, Amendola caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady, who deftly stepped up in the pocket under pressure to find Amendola open. Beyond that, his day was fairly quiet, though he did have a big kick return as well that set the Patriots up for a scoring drive.
2016 Week 4 vs BUF (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The only notable play for Danny Amendola was an overthrow by Jacoby Brissett. Other than that, he did not catch a pass.
2016 Week 3 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Because of game plan, Amendola wasn't heavily involved and didn't play many snaps on offense. This may be the case again if Brissett starts in Week 4, though Amendola hasn't seen a full snap count complement in any week thus far.
2016 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 48 / 2 rec)
Danny Amendola was the red zone star of the day, catching two touchdown passes in the first half. His first was mostly due to Jimmy Garoppolo's ability to step up in the pocket facing pressure, while his second was a good move by Amendola to get open in the middle of the end zone. To his credit, on the first catch, Amendola moved around when he saw his quarterback under duress, improvising his route for the score. On the down side, he did lose a fumble, something he'll no doubt beat himself up over. It's also worth noting he was 4th on the receiver depth chart in terms of snaps played.
2016 Week 1 vs ARI (4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Amendola only played a handful of snaps, but made them count late in the game, as he helped convert two critical third downs on the Patriots' game winning drive. However, going forward, his game lines will be very inconsistent if his snap count is any indication.
Latest NewsPatriots | Danny Amendola questionable (Fri Jan 20, 05:40 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 20, and is listed as questionable for the AFC Championship game. link to story Patriots | Patriots injury report for Thursday (Thu Jan 19, 09:30 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle), TE Martellus Bennett (knee), RB Brandon Bolden (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), WR Chris Hogan (thigh), WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee), and DE Jabaal Sheard (ankle) all were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 19. link to story Patriots | Danny Amendola limited again Thursday (Thu Jan 19, 08:46 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle) was a limited participant at practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Jan. 19. Patriots | Danny Amendola limited (Wed Jan 18, 04:54 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 18. link to story Patriots | Danny Amendola expected to play (Fri Jan 13, 05:58 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 13, and is not on the injury report for the Divisional round playoff game against the Houston Texans. More News
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