New England Patriots No. 1 wide receiver Danny Amendola had one of the gutsiest performances we’ve seen from a player on this team in recent memory, and maybe only Shane Vereen (also had a terrific day whilst playing through an injury that was more severe and occurred before the game) can top. Amendola was scintillating in a debut that would have been a “dream” debut without the injury, and “clutch” is one way to describe his performance. He helped save the Patriots from a Week 1 upset by hauling in ten passes for 104 yards, including four catches on the game-winning drive (a couple those catches were really tough and/or came on third down).
Danny Amendola was able to come back into the game and play through an aggravated groin injury, but there was some doubt expressed during the post-game press conference about Amendola’s availability against the New York Jets. According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, Amendola was absent from today’s walkthrough and, thus, could miss Thursday’s game against the Jets.
This is definitely a bad omen, because most players who have a chance at playing in a game are there at the walkthrough to study up on the opponent. That isn’t the case for Amendola, and the Patriots offense could be in for another ugly game. Amendola is questionable to play, Zach Sudfeld is nursing an injury, Shane Vereen will be out, and Rob Gronkowski is most likely going to miss another game. So yeah, that puts a lot of pressure on Kenbrell Thompkins and those other rookie receivers we keep talking about.