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WR Danny Amendola - New England Patriots

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

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NE WR Danny Amendola suffered a knee sprain in Week 11. He was able to put in a limited practice on Thursday, but his Week 12 status is still unclear.

He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 24): The hope is that Amendola's knee injury is minor, but we all know how this story has ended in the past. Amendola's WR1 value was on display as he would have had a huge night even though it was ended early if an inadvertent whistle didn't nullify what could have been a long score, but now we're not sure when we'll see him again.

General News (Sat Nov 28): has been downgraded to out and will miss Sunday's game.

General News (Fri Nov 27): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Fri Nov 27): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 25): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Nov 24): suffered a knee sprain in a Week 11 win over the Buffalo Bills. He is not expected to miss extended time, though. Amendola still may not play in Week 12, however. His status will depend on how he reacts to treatment and an increased workload as the week progresses.

Week 12: at Denver Broncos

All WR vs DEN

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tom Brady got hit a good bit by Buffalo, but he kept grinding down the Bills' defense and eventually the game opened up a bit - on the day Brady threw 20/39 for 277 net passing yards, one TD and one interception. Without Julian Edelman on the field, Danny Amendola (12 targets for 9/117/0 receiving) and Brandon LaFell (eight for 4/66/0) led the receiving corps in targets, while Rob Gronkowski faced a lot of coverage and managed just 2/37/0 out of seven chances. It wasn't the most explosive game Brady ever played, but the Patriots wound up with a 'W' anyway. The Broncos' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging 190.6 net passing yards allowed per game, they are first in the NFL with just eight passing scores given out to date, and have generated 34 sacks (first in the NFL). The team also has 10 interceptions so far (tied for 11th in the NFL). Over the past four weeks (four games), this team is fourth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (15.9 on average); eighth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.9); and is third-least in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (11.9). Any way you slice it these guys are dominant pass defenders. Last week Jay Cutler posted 18/32 for 261 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown against Denver - in Chicago. This is a tough matchup for any NFL quarterback this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs MIA 34 0 0 0 1 1 11 0 0 1.1
9 vs WAS 40 1 8 0 5 4 24 0 0 3.2
10 at NYG 51 0 0 0 11 10 79 0 0 7.9
11 vs BUF 44 0 0 0 12 9 117 0 0 11.7
12 at DEN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 at DEN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 | Danny Amendola inactive for SNF (Sun Nov 29, 07:45 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) is inactive for the Week 12 game against the Denver Broncos.

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Patriots | Danny Amendola out for Week 12 (Sat Nov 28, 07:33 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) has been ruled out for Week 12.

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Patriots | Danny Amendola not expected to travel (Sat Nov 28, 11:00 AM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) is not expected to travel with the team for their Week 12 game against the Denver Broncos.

Our View: Without Amendola on the field, the Patriots offense will be hurting. Brandon LaFell is not a great start against the Broncos secondary. We could see plenty of Rob Gronkowski on Sunday night as he's the best receiving option for Tom Brady.
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Patriots | Danny Amendola questionable (Fri Nov 27, 07:23 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Nov. 27, and is questionable for Week 12 against the Denver Broncos.

Our View: Amendola will likely be a game time decision for a Sunday night game, which only gives you limited hedge options from Denver, New England, Cleveland, or Baltimore. Rookie Chris Harper and Keshawn Martin (who is questionable and not a sure thing to play) would take up the slack if Amendola can't go.

Patriots | Danny Amendola limited Thursday (Thu Nov 26, 02:05 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Amendola had a great game as Tom Brady's Julian Edelman replacement but a second game in a row is in jeopardy. If he plays, we could see low-end WR2 numbers, but if he doesn't suit up bump up Brandon LaFell as a WR3.
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