WR Danny Amendola, Detroit Lions

HT: 5-10, WT: 183, Born: 11-2-1985, College: Texas Tech, Drafted: ---

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2014 Projections

David Dodds13.
Bob Henry14.
Jason Wood14.
Maurile Tremblay16.

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0 0.0 58 0.1

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: J Hill (130), Danny Amendola (132),
Position: H Nicks (128-WR47), A Boldin (129-WR48), Danny Amendola (132 - WR49), J Gordon (139-WR50), G Jennings (142-WR51)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: H Nicks (126), J Hill (127), Danny Amendola (128), L Green (129), C Clay (130)
Position: C Shorts (122-WR47), H Nicks (126-WR48), Danny Amendola (128 - WR49), J Gordon (133-WR50), K Stills (135-WR51)
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Year one of the Amendola Experiment was a bit of a bummer, as he missed four games and didn't come close to replacing Wes Welker. Not surprisingly, Amendola's year ended around the same totals he normally finishes with. He has missed nine games in the last two years (24 over the last three, if you count the 5 games he missed in 2011)and it's safe to assume he'll miss time again this year. That makes him a shaky receiver to depend on, made more difficult for the fact that the Patriots are expected to use a lot more three-wide sets this year (per ESPN Boston) to offset the lack of tight end talent. While that keeps Amendola on the field (if healthy) it also means the ball could be spread around a lot. Speaking of spread around, he's also going to have to wrest targets away from Julian Edelman, who had a tremendous 2013 and looks to be poised to build on that. The plus side for Amendola is that three-wide sets should give him more chances to catch the ball while his chemistry with Brady before he got hurt was solid.

Latest News

Lions | Danny Amendola listed as limited (Wed Dec 2, 05:25 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola (hip) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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Lions | Week 12 Detroit Lions inactives (Thu Nov 26, 11:09 AM) - The Detroit Lions have declared WR Kenny Golladay, DE Austin Bryant, CB Jeff Okudah, RB D'Andre Swift, DE Da'Shawn Hand, CB Mike Ford and WR Danny Amendola inactive for Week 12.

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Lions | Danny Amendola to miss game (Wed Nov 25, 06:19 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25, and has been ruled out for Week 12.

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Lions | Tuesday's practice report for Detroit (Tue Nov 24, 05:54 PM) - Detroit Lions CB Mike Ford (concussion), WR Kenny Golladay (hip), DL Da'Shawn Hand (groin) and CB Jeff Okudah (shoulder) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Nov. 24. WR Danny Amendola (hip), DE Austin Bryant (thigh), LB Jarrad Davis (knee), WR Marvin Hall (toe), TE T.J. Hockenson (shoulder), OL Jonah Jackson (knee), LB Christian Jones, LB Reggie Ragland (ankle), QB Matthew Stafford (thumb), RB D'Andre Swift (concussion) and OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot) were limited. S Will Harris (groin) practiced in full.

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Lions | Danny Amendola sits out (Mon Nov 23, 08:35 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola (hip) did not participate in practice Monday, Nov. 23. The Lions did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.

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2014 Schedule

1 New York Giants
2at Carolina Panthers
3 Green Bay Packers
4at New York Jets
5 Buffalo Bills
6at Minnesota Vikings
7 New Orleans Saints
8at Atlanta Falcons
Bye week
10 Miami Dolphins
11at Arizona Cardinals
12at New England Patriots
13 Chicago Bears
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15 Minnesota Vikings
16at Chicago Bears
17at Green Bay Packers
18at Dallas Cowboys

2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - There was absolutely no question that Danny Amendola was Bradyís 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 didnít stop him from racking up catches, including several critical third downs and some seriously impressive leaping and diving grabs in traffic. Most of Amendolaís 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 didnít drop any passes, and there arenít 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 itís clear heís going to be a target monster as long as heís on the field.

Week 5 - Although Amendola had the most receptions among non running backs, it was clear he wasnít at full strength as he made his way back from his groin injury. Amendola dropped a couple of passes uncharacteristically, and wasnít 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 wasnít much to write home about as the Patriots offense just wasnít clicking today, Amendola included. Better days will come.

Week 6 - By and large, Danny Amendola was invisible on the day, as the box score lines was one of the oddest youíll see. The two most notable plays werenít 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.

Week 8 - 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 Boldenís easy touchdown jaunt.

Week 9 - 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.

Week 11 - 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.

Week 12 - 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.

Week 13 - 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.

Week 14 - Danny Amendola had his usual efficient yet unspectacular game, though Tom Brady did miss him on a couple passes. Amendolaís touchdown was a 1 yard rollout that left him fairly open considering how close the Patriots were to the end zone.

Week 15 - 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.

Week 16 - 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.

Week 17 - 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 couldnít get going, as a combination of weather, good coverage and a solid Patriots rushing attack combined to create the low passing totals.

Week 19 - 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.

Week 20 - Danny Amendola had 1 target. He dropped it. A microcosm of his season, as his signing was simply a massive bust to this point.