New England Patriots incoming slot receiver Danny Amendola looked excellent during OTAs, and both he and veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins were the duo who worked out with Tom Brady during the media access portion of OTAs. Amendola is expected to have a huge role as, more or less, Wes Welker‘s replacement in the offense, and Amendola should be headed for a breakout year with Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. A high volume of targets should go Amendola’s way, but I also believe that the Patriots offense won’t feature the slot receiver nearly as much as it did when Welker was around.
Amendola’s offseason work did not go unnoticed by Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez, who told SiriusXM NFL Radio yesterday, “I think Danny is going to do a great job. He looks good so far this year. I think he’ll fill the role pretty well.”
Hernandez also touched on the impact of losing Rob Gronkowski in the interview, but the more notable comment was his praise of Amendola. This led to an even more interesting tidbit from ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, “Amendola often was the first receiver through drills and looked as quick as advertised.”
Reiss isn’t the only beat writer to praise Amendola for his work at OTAs, as others have also commented positively on just how quick Amendola has looked this offseason. That certainly bodes well for the Patriots, but it isn’t surprising to hear that Amendola has similar quickness to Welker and, as most will tell you, better long speed. Amendola continues to impress this offseason, and guys like Aaron Hernandez have taken notice of the newest talented wide receiver on the Patriots squad.
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