A report surfaced earlier this week saying that the chances of tight end Rob Gronkowski returning on Sunday, were not very good. Obviously this is bad news for the Pats and their struggling offense, but today a new report came about with some good news for Patriots fans around the country.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald tweeted this morning that the Patriots were “highly optimistic” about Amendola, while they are “highly pessimistic” about Gronkowski. Although it would be nice for the Patriots offense to have both of these guys back for a matchup with one of the NFL’s toughest defense’s, having at least one back would severely help Tom Brady and company. The rookies have done well, but you better believe that Brady would love to have Amendola back at his side, and producing on the field.
Amendola’s skill set is eerily similar to one Wes Welker, although when healthy, I think Amendola is much more explosive and dangerous than Welker is. We witnessed this in week one versus Buffalo, as not only did Amendola separate himself from coverage all game long, but he made some extremely difficult catches on New England’s game winning drive. Of course, as a result of Amendola toughing that game out, he re-injured his groin, which has kept him out of action for the past three weeks.