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Danny Amendola earns praise from Aaron Hernandez, others

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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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    “Patriots offense won’t feature the slot receiver nearly as much as it did when Welker was around”. I agree 100% with this statement. Amendola will still catch passes over the middle but nothing like Welker did with those quick short passes from Brady. The Pats have plenty of players who can still catch short passes over the middle, TEs and RBs. Amendola is a versatile offensive weapon who can line up in the slot and take it deep over the middle. Defenses had a good idea what Welker would do in the slot but Amendola will burn defenders if they play him to catch short over the middle passes. He is not a one dimensional receiver and will be a more dangerous receiver capable of taking it to the end zone. Defenses will not be able to clog up the middle with additional defenders to slow down and contain the Pats passing attack. Can’t wait to see what Amendola does with the WR screen at the line of scrimmage.

    • Joe Soriano

      Well said, Paul.