Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) runs past Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Patriots won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
1. Danny Amendola Will Lead The Pats In Receiving
What on earth was I thinking? I love Amendola, and I think he has gotten the short end of the stick for most of his time in New England, but why the hell did I think he would lead this team in receiving?
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Here is a quote from that piece:
"I think that if Amendola can stay healthy this year, he will overtake Julian Edelman as the team’s leading receiver. Reports coming out of minicamp have indicated that Amendola looks quicker than ever, and nearly uncoverable coming out of his breaks. We witnessed these skills on the field in week one versus Buffalo, but he injured his groin that game, and was never the same. Can you imagine what his numbers would look like if he stays healthy all year long? It could potentially be like 16 of that Bills performance."
Yeah, I’m not too proud of this prediction.
I obviously overvalued Amendola’s first game with the Pats, and undervalued the connection Tom Brady had built up with Julian Edelman. Late in the year, Amendola really started to make an impact, especially in the playoffs, but as long as Edelman is here, Amendola will never be the top receiver.
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