The highly anticipated connection between Tom Brady and Danny Amendola was in full force yesterday, and it was key in the New England Patriots narrow victory over the Buffalo Bills. Amendola and Brady were reading the same page line-by-line during that final drive, and Amendola made some incredibly clutch and difficult catches. It looked like the two were putting on a clinic, and Amendola took full advantage of a favorable matchup en route to hauling in ten passes for 104 yards. If Amendola did not return to the game following the aggravation of a groin injury, then the Patriots simply would not have won this game, and I have full confidence in making that statement.
Tom Brady didn’t let Amendola’s gutsy, ballsy (whatever term suits you) performance go unpraised either, “He gave it everything he had and that is all you can ask. I didn’t really expect anything to happen in the second half, I thought he was going to be out for the rest of the game. He showed a lot of toughness, mental and physical and made some really great plays for us. He, Julian (Edelman) and Shane (Vereen), the offensive line did great. We ran a bunch of plays on opening day. It’s a short turn around–hopefully we can get a good night’s rest and start preparing for the Jets tomorrow.”
Brady praised Shane Vereen earlier in the press conference as well, and both he and Julian Edelman were very dependable and productive members of the Patriots offense yesterday. The same cannot be said for UDFAs Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins, as both were simply duds. I’ll have more on both of them later today, but I did devote a paragraph to Thompkins in this piece.