WR Danny Amendola - Detroit Lions
|5-10, 183||Born: 11-2-1985||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 1 vs ARI (13 / 7 / 104 / 1 rec)
Danny Amendola had a strong debut with the Detroit Lions in week one against the Arizona Cardinals. He was targeted frequently and involved early in the offense. He played both the slot and outside, getting easy separation on an out route while playing the perimeter. He was shifty in his movements in the short area. Amendola did score a long touchdown on a blown defensive coverage but added a critical mistake on the final drive of overtime where he did not get out of bounds, forcing the clock to run out and essentially guaranteeing a tie. Amendola has intrigue in a potentially high scoring game in week two against the Chargers.
2019 Week 2 vs LAC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After a big week one, Danny Amendola dropped his only target on a third down pass. Amendola will look to bounce back against Philadelphia in week three.
2019 Week 3 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a quiet fantasy game against the Eagles on Sunday. He was involved early on the first series with a screen but was quiet through the rest of the first half. He had a 22-yard reception on a crosser route and later had a good third down conversion along the sideline late in the game. Amendola could see higher volume next week against the Chiefs.
2019 Week 7 vs MIN (11 / 8 / 105 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a good game after a disappointing game last week. Amendola worked primarily in the short area of the field and was seemingly unconverable for stretches. Amendola was able to break two bigger gains with runs after the catch and added a deep crossing route reception. Amendola creates easy throws for Matthew Stafford, especially in chain moving situations. He will face the Giants next week.
2019 Week 8 vs NYG (8 / 8 / 95 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had another strong game against the New York Giants on Sunday. Amendola started hot, with three receptions on the first drive, including a catch up the seam from the slot. Amendola was consistently open in the short area of the field and is a preferred option for Stafford as a chain moving option, but the target up the seam is an expansion of his usual route tree. Amendola will look to continue his strong role in the offense next week against the Raiders.
2019 Week 9 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a quiet day after consecutive strong performances. He had a short catch on the first drive of the game and later had a deep out for a third down conversion. He had opportunities for a bigger day but he was hurt by two errant throws by Matthew Stafford, including one at the goal line and another on a vertical perimeter route. Amendola faces a tough Chicago defense next week.
2019 Week 10 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a down game with Matthew Stafford missing the game with an injury. Detroit was led by Jeff Driskel who is more mobile and less of a timing passing that Stafford, which does not cater to Amendola's skillset. Amendola was targeted in the red zone with a quick out inside the 10-yard line, but otherwise struggled for fantasy relevance. He added two drops and had a long catch called back by penalty. Amendola should hope for Stafford to return next week against Dallas.
2019 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola continued his role in the short passing game, despite Matthew Stafford missing his second consecutive game with an injury. Amendola's work in the short passing game included multiple third down conversions, before a deep catch down the middle of the field on a scramble drill. Amendola is a lower upside player without Stafford in the lineup and will hope for his return in a good matchup next week against Washington.
2019 Week 12 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had three short catches against Washington on Sunday on only three targets. Amendola's work was in the short passing game but does not fit well with Jeff Driskel's skills as a passer. Amendola will face the Bears on Thanksgiving in a game Driskel is likely to play.
2019 Week 13 vs CHI (8 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a tough game against the Vikings on Thanksgiving. He caught his first pass in the late third quarter and caught two out routes late in the game but dropped multiple passes on the game. He did have an opportunity near the goal line on a target that looked like it should have been called defensive pass interference but was not and had a screen reception called back by penalty. Amendola fits the strengths of David Blough more than Jeff Driskel, so if Driskel starts next week against Vikings, Amendola has some potential fantasy viability.
2018 Week 1 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
The Dolphins' offense was a one man show this week with everything going through Stills. Amendola played in the slot and caught short passes. Tannehill was a little late with the ball and never quite hit Amendola in stride. His longest reception came out to be 8 yards and he had no chance to move the ball any further. Amendola has a very similar skill set to Stills and it will be hard to compete if Stills continues to excel. There should be ample YAC opportunity for Amendola as Tannehill gets more accurate and builds more rapport with his receivers.
2018 Week 2 vs NYJ (4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
All of the targets vacated by Jarvis Landry when he left for Cleveland were supposed to be picked up by Amendola. He was brought in as the big off season signing and thus far it has not paid off. Amendola was the only wide receiver to catch all of his targets this week but he was unable to break free or create any extra separation. Tannehill did not do a great job leading him up the field and Amendola was tackled almost immediately on every play. His longest play of the day was a 14-yard pass, but he was also injured on the same play. He did manage to come back into the game and make one more reception, but he looked a little slow and was not utilized much for the rest of the game. It will be interesting to see if he makes the injury report this week.
2018 Week 3 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Almost every Dolphins wide receiver made a big play, expect Amendola. He kind of got lost in the wash of big plays and the return of Davante Parker. Amendola managed to snag all 3 of his targets this week with his longest play coming in at 15 yards. This play helped to setup the Dolphins second touchdown just before the end of the third quarter. It was a short catch and run pass down the right sideline. His other catches were 13 and 14 yarders, but he just did not see enough volume in the offense today to make a bigger difference. Tannehill spread the ball around to all of the Miami receivers and that left Amendola with a mediocre game.
2018 Week 4 vs NE (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
With Davante Parker ruled out due to injury, many thought Amendola would see an uptick in usage. This was not the case and Amendola was almost nonexistent on the field. He had a single 18-yard catch and run but then only caught one other ball for 3 yards the rest of the game. Amendola was supposed to be the big off-season acquisition and he has not lived up to that to this point. The Dolphins are almost carrying too many wide receivers and it has cost Amendola targets.
2018 Week 5 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
The big off-season signing has not paid off for the Dolphins yet and Amendola continues to struggle. They have too many receivers with similar skill sets and a quarterback who is struggling to move the ball down the field. Amendola continues to run his normal crossing routes, but Tannehill does not seem comfortable throwing the ball across the middle right now. Amendola is going to continue to post subpar numbers until he gets better quarterback play. Half of his yards came on a single catch of 16 yards, but there was not much else working in his favor.
2018 Week 6 vs CHI (11 / 8 / 59 / 0 rec)
Amendola has largely been an afterthought in the Miami offense thus far this year. There has been so much competition for targets from a roster with too many receivers that he has not gotten a lot of looks. That finally changed this week with a new quarterback under center. Osweiler targeted Amendola a team high 11 times and the duo connected on 8 of those targets. They did not go for large chunks of yards and the longest play came in at 13 yards, but it did help soften up the coverage and give a chance for guys like Wilson to run by defenders for long plays. 11 targets is the kind of volume you dream of and is almost unheard of when you are not the top receiver on a team. It will be interesting to see if this marks a change in the way the Miami offense plays or if he just benefitted from a different quarterback this week.
2018 Week 7 vs DET (7 / 6 / 84 / 1 rec)
If anyone has benefitted from Osweiler taking over, it has been Amendola. He was quiet early in the year and has been a high volume play the last 2 weeks. Amendola led all receivers with 7 targets and only trailed Drake out of the back field by 1. He ripped off a long 24-yard reception for a touchdown late in the game. Osweiler rolled right and found Amendola in the end zone between 2 receivers. It was a perfectly thrown ball into traffic that just went over the diving corner. Amendola has had 18 targets and made 14 catches in the last 2 weeks. This has almost doubled his production from the 3 previous games. With the injury to Wilson and Parker never seeming to be active, Amendola could continue to see his number of targets increase each week.
2018 Week 8 vs HOU (6 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
It is not often that a receiver has a better QBR than the starting quarterback, but that is exactly what happened this week. Amendola pulled in 5 of his 6 targets in the passing game but he did not make a meaningful impact in that department. Where he really exceled this week was touchdown passes. Amendola had the only one for the Dolphins this week and it came on a trick play. The ball was thrown to Amendola on a step back lateral that looked to be setting up a screen. However, he floated the ball deep down the other side of the field to Drake who had leaked out of the back field unnoticed. The ball was right on the money and hit Drake in stride, but it was a very risky throw. Thankfully the safety had bit on the fake screen and vacated his deep position, otherwise it would have been an easy interception. If Ryan Tannehill does not make his way back soon, maybe the Dolphins should switch to Amendola at quarterback.
2018 Week 9 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
It was a quiet offensive day for the Dolphins as a whole, and Amendola was no exception. He hauled in 5 of his 7 targets but failed to eclipse 50 yards. He had 1 catch for 26 yards and that accounted for half of his total yards. Amendola broke free on an underneath route and was pushed out of bounds before he could get it into the end zone. Amendola has been the main beneficiary of Osweiler taking over. He has seen an uptick in his targets at the expense of Kenny Stills. It was a tough game all around for the Dolphins, including the entire receiving core.
2018 Week 10 vs GB (10 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec)
The connection with Osweiler continues to show as Amendola led all receivers this week against the Packers. He hauled in 7 of his 10 targets and had almost 30 more yards than the nearest receiver. Amendola has worked back in to his slot role and that has spelled doom for the likes of Stills and Grant who also like to operate there. This was one of the big off-season signings for the Dolphins, but he has not quite lived up to that. Amendola has a single touchdown reception on the season, caption this week is n this week. His 39-yard reception this week is now his longest play of the season. It was a drag across the middle that Amendola was able to cut up field into the void left by the zone coverage before being tackled by the safety. It will be interesting to see if his usage continues to increase if Tannehill comes back this season. The pair did not seem to click early on and Amendola has played much better with Osweiler under center.
2018 Week 12 vs IND (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
After seeing somewhat of a resurgence with Brock Osweiler under center, Amendola faded back in the offense with Tannehill back this week. He caught his lone target for 13 yards and then was not utilized going forward. Tannehill is an immobile pocket passer that is going to need to learn to get the ball out quick to guys like Amendola if he wants to survive in the league. The Dolphins are very thin at wide receiver right now and Amendola is going to have to find a way to stand out more if they want any shot at ending the season with a winning record. A game against Buffalo and then a date with his former team in New England should help get things going again.
2018 Week 14 vs NE (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
It was a rough game for Amendola who caught his lone target for 10 yards and put the ball on the ground after getting hit. The fumble was not recovered by the Patriots, but it was the last ball he saw his way for the rest of the game. Amendola saw a huge jump with Brock Osweiler under center but his since fallen back to earth with Tannehill. The two have not clicked this season and that does not look to change in the last 3 games.
2018 Week 15 vs MIN (8 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
The passing game was a nightmare for the Dolphins today. Amendola finally got looks from Tannehill today, but it was under duress. Tannehill attempted to get the ball out quickly and that threw off the rhythm with Amendola. The duo only connected on 3 of their 8 attempts this week. The 8 targets were his 3rd highest total of the season and he failed to reach 100 yards receiving again this week. Amendola has not surpassed 100 yards this season in any single game. His longest play of the game was a crossing pattern where he caught and ran for 18 yards. It was the longest play through the air for the Dolphin passing game. The Vikings did a great job tackling and none of the receivers were able to break free for the big play. Amendola is going to draw another tough game against the Jaguars next week.
2018 Week 16 vs JAX (3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
It has been a rough season for Amendola with Tannehill under center and it continued again this week. He caught all 3 of his targets and led the team in receiving. His biggest play came on a 20-yard deep route down the sideline. It accounted for half of his yards and was one of the few shots they took down the field. Amendola played much better with Osweiler under center, even with several other healthy receivers as competition. The signing of Amendola has not paid off for the Dolphins this season and they are going to have to rework what they are doing offensively to get him more involved.
2018 Week 17 vs BUF (5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
It was a subpar end to a frustrating season for Amendola. After clicking with Osweiler in the middle of the season, he closed things out with Tannehill and saw a drop in production. Amendola tied Drake for second this week in targets with 5, and he was unable to really do anything with them. He caught 4 of his 5 targets with the longest reception going for 10 yards. The Dolphins have too many receivers who try and make a living underneath and Amendola saw a lot of his production funneled through other guys. It is going to be a tough offseason for the crowded receiving core and there will be at least one odd man out before camp starts. Amendola should have done enough to ensure a spot next season. He finishes the year with 55 catches for 549 yards and a touchdown.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola was an afterthought in the Patriots passing game. He saw 4 targets, and none were down the field. His target count may be diminished going forward once Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski return to full health, so he's not fantasy rosterable at this point in time.
2014 Week 2 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While Tom Brady only threw the ball 22 times, Danny Amendola was only targeted once. It would have gone for a big gain, but there was an offensive penalty on the play. At this point, Amendola is an afterthought in the Patriots passing game.
2014 Week 3 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The highlight of Amendola's day was a near-miss on a touchdown grab. Amendola ran an out route, Brady threw the ball a bit wide, and it went off Amendola's fingertips. A better throw or taller receiver probably converts the touchdown there. Other than that, Amendola was fairly invisible, also missing an opportunity for a catch due to offensive pass interference on Brandon LaFell.
2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (3 / 1 / 19 / 1 rec)
Danny Amendola had his best day as of the season, which granted, isn't saying much to this point. Amendola was used as the primary kickoff returner, a new wrinkle that actually worked well, as he averaged 26 yards per return and was fairly consistent in getting past the 20. Amendola also had the highlight play of the night, a great touchdown grab on 3rd and goal way back on the 19 yard line. Amendola ran his route and saw Tom Brady scrambling to his left. He improvised, darted up the field, Brady fired the ball, and Amendola leaped and twisted in the air as he caught the ball behind him and scored. A play you'll likely be seeing on Top 10 plays of the week. Other than that, Amendola wasn't too involved, but it was good to see him be productive despite his diminished role.
2014 Week 9 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Playing his most snaps since the season opener, Danny Amendola had a couple big catches, but was also a partial culprit in Tom Brady's interception. Brady was blitzed on the play and threw a bit behind Amendola, who let the ball bounce off him and into the waiting arms of a defender. Game planning and the uptempo/no huddle was likely the reason Amendola played more snaps than normal, so it's not a foregone conclusion he will continue to see a high snap count.
2014 Week 12 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Essentially a non factor in the passing game, Amendola's biggest contribution was a rock solid 81 yard kick return. He's found a way to contribute, just not in a way that fantasy players will find relevant.
2014 Week 16 vs NYJ (11 / 8 / 63 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had perhaps his best day as a Patriot, operating as Tom Brady's safety valve, catching almost everything thrown his way and operating as Julian Edelman on a day that Edelman was out with an injury. Amendola also had a big 39 yard punt return that helped the Patriots cash in on one of their touchdowns, and he was arguably the best player on offense on the day for New England.
2014 Week 17 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
As usual, Danny Amendola's biggest play came on a punt return of 26 yards, as he wasn't able to do much in the passing game even with an inactive Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. His most notable play besides the return was a blatant drop that would have gone for 15-20 yards.
2014 Week 19 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 81 / 2 rec)
Have a day, Danny Amendola. In what was probably his best day in a Patriots uniform, Amendola scored two touchdowns, shed multiple tackles, and finally looked like the guy the Patriots ponied up money for. His first score was a short pass that saw Amendola completely shed a tackler and speed into the end zone for a score. All Amendola on the play. His second was trickery with Julian Edelman, who received a bubble screen then chucked the ball downfield to Amendola. Amendola did have a fumble, but luckily it was recovered by the Patriots.
2014 Week 20 vs IND (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
With the running game firing on all cylinders, much of the Patriots passing game wasn't needed for huge plays, and as a result, Amendola was limited to one catch and his usual return game duties. He didn't have any blemishes per se, but just wasn't needed much on the day.
2013 Week 1 vs BUF (14 / 10 / 104 / 0 rec)
There was absolutely no question that Danny Amendola was Brady's go-to receiver on the day. Remarkably, Amendola aggravated a groin injury in the second quarter, and sat out much of the quarter before returning in the third. Amendola was noticeably favoring his injury throughout the rest of the game, but that didn't stop him from racking up catches, including several critical third downs and some seriously impressive leaping and diving grabs in traffic. Most of Amendola's routes were of the shorter variety in the form of slants, outs, and crossing patterns. Targeted a whopping 14 times despite not playing the full game, Amendola didn't drop any passes, and there aren't many receivers in the NFL who would have made some of the grabs he made on the last drive of the game. In fact, Amendola converted three 1st downs on the last drive of the game that set up the game winning field goal. Two of those three catches were insane diving grabs while being blasted by defenders that Amendola had no reason catching, but did anyways. The amount of trust Brady displayed in Amendola is also extremely noteworthy, as it's clear he's going to be a target monster as long as he's on the field.
2013 Week 5 vs CIN (9 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Although Amendola had the most receptions among non running backs, it was clear he wasn't at full strength as he made his way back from his groin injury. Amendola dropped a couple of passes uncharacteristically, and wasn't on the field for about 30-40% of the snaps. He did have one great snag in traffic down the middle, and narrowly missed a touchdown by about half a foot as he rolled towards the endzone. There honestly wasn't much to write home about as the Patriots offense just wasn't clicking today, Amendola included. Better days will come.
2013 Week 6 vs NO (4 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
By and large, Danny Amendola was invisible on the day, as the box score lines was one of the oddest you'll see. The two most notable plays weren't exactly so much as lowlights. On one memorable play, Amendola beat coverage and got behind the entire Saints defense. Tom Brady promptly overthrew him on what would have been the easiest 85 yard touchdown a wide receiver can have. In the third quarter, Amendola ran an end around and got absolutely clobbered on a helmet to helmet hit. He went limp as soon as he was hit, and eventually got up looking dazed and wobbly. That would be the end of his day.
2013 Week 8 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Not much to write home about for Amendola. With Tom Brady struggling, Amendola had merely 15 yards. Amendola did reach the 1 yard line on a solid grab across the middle which set up Brandon Bolden's easy touchdown jaunt.
2013 Week 9 vs PIT (4 / 4 / 122 / 1 rec)
Though he only had 4 catches, Danny Amendola certainly made the most of them, especially since two of them were probably the easiest catches of his career. His touchdown was a thing of beauty by Tom Brady, who faked a defender out of his shoes in order to get Amendola wide open for a score of beyond 30 yards. In a very similar manner, Amendola had a 57 yard gainer where absolutely no one covered him, and got the Patriots into the red zone. Other than that, his other two catches were fairly routine shorter routes. His opportunities were limited as Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Dobson were targeted a combined 19 times.
2013 Week 11 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola displayed better rapport with Tom Brady than in some prior games, showing up where Brady expected him to be on multiple third downs and converting some crucial plays early in the game. Amendola also ran well on a screen or two, picking up chunk yardage. This was the type of game that played into his strengths, as the passing game relied on shorter timing routes, screens, etc.
2013 Week 12 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a fairly quiet day with a mere 3 catches and a long catch of 8 yards. Amendola fell down on two plays he was targeted, which was notable, and Tom Brady overthrow him on a likely fourth down conversion.
2013 Week 13 vs HOU (5 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
As per the norm, Amendola ran shorter routes and took a back seat to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The most notable play he had was nearly a drop, as he juggled the pass thrown at him not once but twice, yet still managed to come down with the ball for a gain of about 17 yards. Other than that, gains were the typical 5 to 10 yard variety.
2013 Week 14 vs CLE (8 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
Danny Amendola had his usual efficient yet unspectacular game, though Tom Brady did miss him on a couple passes. Amendola's touchdown was a 1 yard rollout that left him fairly open considering how close the Patriots were to the end zone.
2013 Week 15 vs MIA (14 / 10 / 131 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola operated as the 1b to Julian Edelman's 1a as the Patriots attacked the field with shorter routes and quicker pass plays. Amendola really got it going in the second half, making a number of tough catches while getting blasted by defenders. He ran several screens and quick toss plays, and it's clear that neither he nor Edelman is the ideal deep threat for Tom Brady. Despite that, this was possibly Amendola's best day in a Patriots uniform, mainly because it showed the toughness and catching skills he was billed to have prior to signing his Patriots contract. Amendola did have a near touchdown that was slightly bobbled, but credit goes to the defensive back for knocking the ball away at the last second.
2013 Week 16 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)
Interestingly, Danny Amendola played roughly half of the offensive snaps a week after being a target monster, as Aaron Dobson operated as the 2nd WR option for most of the day. Amendola took a solid catch down the middle of the field, eluded a defender and got to the 6 yard line on his best play of the day. He also nearly fumbled on his only other catch of the day, but luckily his elbow his the ground just before the ball came out. Tom Brady underthrew Amendola on his only other target of the day.
2013 Week 17 vs BUF (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
A pretty bad game for Danny Amendola, who only saw three targets and blatantly dropped one of them. On the whole, the Patriots passing game couldn't get going, as a combination of weather, good coverage and a solid Patriots rushing attack combined to create the low passing totals.
2013 Week 19 vs IND (5 / 3 / 77 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the Patriots passing game, Amendola wasn't a focus of the game plan, but when his number was called, he came through. He had a diving third-down catch in the red zone to set up a score, and he also had the one "shot" play when he got free downfield on a play action pass to help answer a Colts comeback bid. He wasn't creating a ton of separation on his shorter routes, but when he had a chance to catch the ball, Amendola was dependable.
2013 Week 20 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had 1 target. He dropped it. A microcosm of his season, as his signing was simply a massive bust to this point.
2012 Week 1 vs DET (9 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Danny Amendola looked like the #1 WR for STL and Bradford leaned on him heavily. Amendola was used heavily in short routes and ran underneath a lot for his QB, hauling in short passes and getting a lot of yards after the catch for first downs. He was an excellent chain mover for his team and Bradford depended on him to get open many times. Amendola was also threat down the field, catching in deep in breaking routes and seam patterns for big chunks of yards against Detroit. He also had a shot at a deep pass down the sideline but QB misfired and overthrew the WR. Amendola has exceptional quickness and agility, with a great ability to run away from defenders and get open for his QB. He was heavily involved in the offense and helped them move in the redzone. However, he is not a redzone threat due to his short stature and the Rams had to look at bigger targets when they got in the redzone. Amendola helps the Rams take advantage of defenses who stack 8 men in the box vs. RB Jackson
2012 Week 2 vs WAS (16 / 15 / 160 / 1 rec)
Amendola started the Rams' home opener in an ominous manner, fumbling his first reception for a Washington touchdown. He settled down immediately, catching his next five targets, and looking primed to threaten Brandon Marshall's single-game reception record of twenty-one catches, while also getting his quarterback, Sam Bradford, in a solid rhythm. Amendola fell five receptions short, but still lit up the Redskins' secondary for one hundred and sixty receiving yards. His touchdown reception was nothing special - a one-yard gut check pass from Sam Bradford - but Amendola found other ways to dazzle the home crowd. In the final minutes of the second quarter, Amendola hauled in his tenth reception from Bradford and turned it into a fifty-six yard catch-and-carry, exhibiting superb vision and agility. Arguably, no other player impacted the game like Amendola, especially for the Rams. He spent all afternoon exploiting the soft zone coverage that Washington employed, moving the sticks for the Rams and acting as a safety valve for Sam Bradford.
2012 Week 3 vs CHI (9 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
Amendola was held in check after his 15 catch, 160 yard performance last week. The Bears kept him blanketed all game, and he didn't even have a pass thrown his way until there was only 1 minute left in the second half. His first catch was two plays later, a ten yard square in where Amendola was immediately tackled. His biggest play came on the second play of the third quarter - where Sam Bradford hit him in stride as Amendola broke up the hash mark. The pass was a bit high, but Amendola made a nice catch and run for a big 30 yard gain. It was the biggest play of the day for the Rams. Amendola had another great catch in the 4th quarter - a nice double move down the right hash mark where Bradford hit him in the open field for another 18 yard catch and run. He was the target of the pass two plays later, but Tim Jennings had position and knocked it away into the waiting arms of Major Wright. Bradford tried to get the ball into Amendola's hand quickly on slants and quick outs, but the Bears were all over him. He finished the day with just five receptions. He also returned the punts for the Rams, but longest return was just 17 yards in the third quarter.
2012 Week 4 vs SEA (9 / 6 / 55 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Amendola proved to be QB Sam Bradford's safety blanket in this contest, routinely running underneath routes as he often does. He thrives on quick passes in the middle of the field and takes advantage of soft coverage underneath. His final line of 6 catches for 55 yards and 1 rush for 6 yards would look a lot less impressive had he not been the recipient of a TD pass from P Johnny Hekker on a fake field goal. Amendola has quick feet and can make defenders miss in space but does not have the long speed to stretch the field. He knows his role and plays it well.
2012 Week 5 vs ARI (5 / 1 / 44 / 0 rec)
Amendola looked spectacular on almost every catch he made. He showed excellent concentration and athleticism to catch a long pass that was slightly underthrown. Then, another very athletic attempt, leaping between three defenders but could't quite hold on. And finally, an absolutely beautiful diving catch, but the ball touched the ground and upon review, was ruled incomplete. Amendola was hurt on that play, and did not return to the game. The clavicle injury may keep him sidelined for as many as 6-7 weeks.
2012 Week 10 vs SF (12 / 11 / 102 / 0 rec)
Amendola had a great game, but was only an illegal formation penalty away from having an amazing day. Throughout the game, Amendola used his incredible quickness to gain separation on short routes, whether they were pivots or crossing routes, such as when he beat Carlos Rogers on a pivot, and with an accurate pass was able to catch and run with Rogers on his back. After the catch, Amendola often showed the determination and power to turn up field and shed tacklers to pick up extra yardage, such as on a screen pass where he ran through arm tackles for an 11 yard gain. And it wasn't just short routes that Amendola was able to gain separation, such as in the first half when Amendola beat his man down the sideline, but Bradford under threw him. The next time Amendola had his man beat down the sideline Bradford threw a perfect deep ball for Amendola to run underneath. Catching the ball and shedding Carols Rogers, Amendola was in a full sprint to the end zone and was only kept out by a diving safety 80 yards downfield. However, the incredible play was nullified by an illegal formation penalty. Later in overtime, Amendola ran a slant, and with the corner hanging on his back, Amendola plucked the ball out of the air for a 1st down, showing incredible strength, concentration and timing for a receiver fresh off a serious injury.
2012 Week 11 vs NYJ (11 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec)
Despite leaving the game late in the first half with what looked to be an Achilles injury, he returned in the second half, but was unable to make any big plays down the field. He even left for a few plays in the third quarter after clutching his previously injured right shoulder, and yet, Amendola grinded out the rest of the game, leading the Rams' receivers in snaps and targets. While the foot injury was a non-contact injury, the diminutive receiver does take a ton of shots and should think about going down instead of being pinballed between defenders. Regardless of Bradford's atrocious performance, Amendola still had a good day in PPR leagues, and with his quickness and ability to make plays down the field (Bradford missed him on a few throws downfield), he's a must start in just about every fantasy league.
2012 Week 12 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 38 / 0 rec)
Amendola wasn't in on every snap, but he did make the biggest receiving play for the team down the left sideline in the first half. Amendola used his acceleration to escape man coverage and catch the ball over his shoulder for 38 yards.
2012 Week 15 vs MIN (12 / 6 / 58 / 1 rec)
Amendola's first reception came on first and 10 underneath dropping coverage for eight yards. Amendola's second reception went for a first down when he ran a quick out for five yards. Amendola caught a crossing route underneath for five yards on third and five. Bradford went straight back to Amendola for a touchdown as he rolled out of the pocket and Amendola came free at the back of the endzone. Amendola made an outstanding reception deep over the middle after running straight down the field and absorbing a big hit from a defensive back. Amendola caught the two point conversion over the middle of the field after Lance Kendricks' touchdown in the fourth quarter. Amendola caught a quick out for a first down when the game was lost on the Rams' final drive.
2012 Week 16 vs TB (7 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
A tough game for Amendola, as the receiver was unable to separate from his coverage. Bradford was also unable to throw precise passes that might have freed Amendola up a bit and this ultimately lead to the wide receiver having a meager output. Amendola was also responsible for a fumble on a short hook route, as the receiver caught the ball and took a heavy blow from the defender, but St. Louis was able to recover. Even though his receiving numbers were low, Amendola did contribute an excellent downfield block during Lance Kendricks' long touchdown. With both safeties converging in the middle to squeeze Kendricks, Amendola pushed one in to the other and then blocked both, allowing the tight end to run the last chunk of yards free from pressure.
2012 Week 17 vs SEA (9 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Clearly Bradford's favorite target, Amendola led the team with nine targets. Amendola was only able to corral four of his targets for a paltry 27 yards, however. Working exclusively shorter routes, Amendola's long was only nine yards on a short toss over the middle as the Rams tried to get into FG range just before half. Amendola did receive one red zone target, but the coverage was in perfect position and Bradford was forced to go high on his throw, overthrowing the WR considerably. Amendola looked incredibly quick, but the physical DBs combined with Bradford spreading the ball around made for a tough day for Amendola.
2011 Week 1 vs PHI (6 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Amendola was clearly Bradford's most trusted receiving option, but he had no opportunity for any big plays. Late in the game, Amendola left the game. The diagnosis: A dislocated elbow. He could be out for a while.
2010 Week 1 vs ARI (9 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Amendola looks like the #2 WR in this offense, ahead of Robinson. He showed incredible hands, plucking every ball Bradford fired his way, whether up high or off the turf. A quick and reliable possession receiver, he can move the chains from the slot for Bradford and could catch 5-10 balls every game in this offense. He could easily perform a "Wes Welker" role for Bradford. He won't be a deep threat, but will catch a lot of balls and is dangerous in the open field. Definitely worth picking up and potentially a starter for your team.
2010 Week 2 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Amendola, the former "Hard Knocks" (Cowboys Edition) Alum, is a good slot man - his small stature and quickness allows him to find gaps in the defense and sit. He's a weapon in three-receiver formations and no-huddle situations, but he's not a starting WR.
2010 Week 3 vs WAS (7 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Amendola did his best Wes Welker imitation. He found spots underneath and seams for 1st downs. He showed terrific hands on his receptions and was very confident while fielding punts all over the field.
2010 Week 4 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Amendola committed a taunting penalty after his first catch, but it didn't keep him from getting more involved in the second half as an easy early read for Bradford underneath. Amendola should continue to have value in PPR leagues with Bradford well ahead of the curve and his own adeptness at finding openings in opposing defenses.
2010 Week 5 vs DET (19 / 12 / 95 / 0 rec)
The Wes Welker comparisons for Danny Amendola are well-founded. Bradford delivers an accurate ball more often than not, and Amendola has a great sense of where he is on the field to be able to reel in catches consistently. He has soft, reliable hands and Bradford trusts him, especially on third down. Amendola got open along the sideline on 3rd and 11 at one point in the game and located the ball in the air to let it fall into his hands as he went out of bounds, tapping both feet in bounds as well to make a beautiful catch. Most of his catches are short, chain-moving style receptions, but he is a talented wideout with great potential for increased growth in this offense.
2010 Week 6 vs SD (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Amendola had been very involved in the offense this season coming into this game. He did turn in a long return on the game's first punt, but that was the biggest play he made. He did make a third down reception in the second half that he took down to the two yard line, but wasn't really close to scoring as there were several defenders in the area.
2010 Week 7 vs TB (5 / 3 / 29 / 1 rec, 1 / 21 / 0 rush)
Amendola did a lot of good work in the return game, and he caught a few quick targets from Bradford that allowed him to get solid gains after the catch. Amendola also caught a short TD on a nice route that got wide open, but he is not getting enough targets to be trusted in PPR leagues, although that could change if Rams fall behind early.
2010 Week 8 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 28 / 1 rec)
Danny Amendola was a consistent chain mover all game long for the Rams offense. Amendola's catches all came on short out routes and finding the hole in the zone coverage, including his touchdown catch when he rolled out right by design with his quarterback, stopping in the open spot to present himself as a target to Bradford. Amendola is the kind of receiver this Rams team needs at a time when their receiving corps is lacking star power.
2010 Week 10 vs SF (8 / 7 / 51 / 1 rec, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Danny Amendola runs crisp, sudden routes and always gives Bradford a target to throw to when he needs to release the ball quickly. The Rams offense has a lot of timing based routes, and so Amendola thrives. He did in this game too, running very nice option routes in the middle of the field. Amendola was also used in the screen game and on end arounds. Although Amendola will never produce huge numbers in the box score, his role in this Rams offense is extremely important. His touchdown catch came on a perfectly zipped bullet pass from Bradford in the end zone, where Amendola is almost impossible to cover in the slot.
2010 Week 11 vs ATL (8 / 8 / 63 / 0 rec)
Amendola is definitely the security blanket for the rookie, Bradford. Catching short, underneath patterns, Amendola is on pace for almost 100 receptions this year. There is no question that Amendola will be a big part of Bradford's future as a slot receiver, as he looks and seems like a carbon copy of Wes Welker out there, always getting open and consistently making plays.
2010 Week 12 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec, 3 / 48 / 0 rush)
Amendola has nice value as a slot receiver that the Rams like to use in for short routes and first downs but he also has value in the running game. The Rams gave Amendola numerous attempts on end around plays, which worked well and caught the defense off guard most of the time. He is a great route runner that can get big separation on short routes over the middle in one on one situations. Amendola was also a good check down option for Bradford, but he is still not even a starter technically and production will be hampered as a result.
2010 Week 13 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Amendola's sole catch of the day came on third down as he juked a defender out of position on a crossing route and gained 17 yards.
2010 Week 14 vs NO (5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Amendola made it two straight weeks with an unimpressive, uninspiring performance on Sunday, catching just three balls (and dropping one) for 16 yards. Despite this, he's proven throughout the season that he's a legimiate threat in the slot position and conceivably should only get better as he puts in more and more time with quarterback Sam Bradford. Certainly the fact that he's a project doesn't bode well for his fantasy value, but he's definitely someone to continue keeping an eye on if you're in dynasty or keeper leagues going forward.
2010 Week 15 vs KC (11 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)
Amendola was very quiet until a desperation drive in the fourth quarter. He caught five balls on that drive and even got a target at the goal line. Before that he was barely looked at, although Amendola did get the pitch inside the red zone that should have resulted in a first and goal on the game's opening drive, but the Rams had a penalty and instead the drive ended with a field goal.
2010 Week 16 vs SF (11 / 8 / 53 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola did his thing in this game to the tune of eight receptions. Amendola is almost unstoppable when working the short routes underneath the coverage. He is too quick for any defender to cover one on one and always gives Bradford a good target to throw to. His best effort came on a shallow crossing route on 3rd down as he made the extra effort to reach for the first down marker.
2010 Week 17 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Amendola was largely taken out of the game plan with double coverage or tough zone coverage. He grabbed a couple of short catches during the 2nd half but was never able to create space and make anything big happen.
2009 Week 4 vs SF (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola was just added to the roster this past week and he immediately saw action - which could be a positive towards Amendola or an indictment of how bad the Rams' talent pool is right now. Amendola returned kicks, including a long opening kickoff that was called back due to a penalty, and also saw action on offense as the Rams' slot receiver. Amendola fumbled an exchange on an end-around deep in St. Louis territory in the fourth quarter, leading directly to a late 49er recovery and touchdown. His speed and athleticism makes him an intriguing wide receiver to keep an eye on, especially with no other St. Louis wideout making a strong push to be the starter opposite of Donnie Avery.
2009 Week 5 vs MIN (5 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Amendola was used primarily as a kick returner for the Rams, but saw action on the three and four WR sets later in the game. With the Rams trailing badly, they were forced to pass more and went with a few empty backfield sets. Amendola worked the inside of the field and the short sidelines, and came up with several receptions. He was also the primary kick returner for the Rams, which gives him an added dimension for leagues that award points for kick returns.
2009 Week 6 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Amendola caught a few passes on short routes to help along the game-tying FG drive, and almost had a long kickoff return, but his role in the passing game didn't increase greatly when Avery went down.
2009 Week 7 vs IND (5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Amendola is probably not high on your "must own" waiver wire list, but he deserves some attention. The diminutive receiver for the Rams has bounced around the league a bit but has finally a home with St. Louis, getting his fair shot to contribute on offense and as a kick returner. Amendola converted all five of his Week 7 targets into catches against the Colts including grabs of 14 and 13 yards. He shows good speed after the catch and works well as a slot receiver, so if the Rams can ever find a consistent option to line up outside, Amendola could be a nice possession guy and third wideout for the Rams.
2009 Week 8 vs DET (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Amendola was limited in his offensive contributions, making a bigger impact on kick and punt returns. However, on the kickoff after the Lions tied up the game, Amendola took a hard shot and did not return. On later return opportunities, the Rams turned to Quincy Butler and he ended up losing yards.
2009 Week 10 vs NO (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The young WR was targeted a couple of times in week 10. He made a major mistake on a dropped pass which would have led to a key 3rd down conversion while the game was close late. His targets may decrease in future weeks if Brandon Gibson continues to emerge.
2009 Week 11 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
The speedy third receiver and kick returner for the Rams saw a good number of short passes come his way in the second half against the Cardinals, as Amendola used his quickness and speed to rack up yards after the catch. Amendola also gains fantasy value as a kick returner, but going forward for most leagues he has more PPR value than yardage value as he is being used as a short route receiver.
2009 Week 12 vs SEA (11 / 7 / 55 / 0 rec)
Amendola looked a lot like a go-to guy in the fourth quarter. Beyond Donnie Avery, the Rams receivers all have upside and all are inconsistent. Amendola did his part to remind us of that when, late in the game, he was unable to pull in a catchable pass near the goal line.
2009 Week 13 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Amendola continues to evolve as a return threat, and his open-field instinct seemed to translate on an end around that he drew a face mask penalty on, but he was only used as a receiver close to the line of scrimmage. If he can't break into a big role in this depleted corps, Amendola is destined to be a return specialist/emergency WR for his career.
2009 Week 15 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 7 / 1 rec)
Amendola was perhaps the Rams most productive performer against Houston on Sunday. He returned one kick to the Houston 40 (with 15 more yards added from a facemask penalty) Shortly thereafter, Amendola scored the Rams only touchdown of the day on a hitch route from the right side. At the snap, Amendola ran forward two steps before curling to the Keith Null pass. Upon catching the ball, he fell in to the endzone for the easy score.
2009 Week 16 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 38 / 0 rec)
Amendola did his usual short underneath route duty and kept the Rams in decent down/distance combos when he was called on. Amendola did fumble a reception out of bounds and he coughed up the ball at the end of a nice return, but overall his contributions as a return man helped keep the Rams in this game.
2009 Week 17 vs SF (6 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Amendola reprised his Welker-lite role with a few short catches and good instincts to quickly get upfield, but he just a return specialist/slot receiver.