Danny Amendola, age 31
Amendola’s 23 catches, 243 yards, and four touchdowns aren’t much to yak about. That being said, he was there when his team needed him most.
With Jimmy Garoppolo under center, Amendola caught seven of eight targets for 96 yards and two touchdowns. In the Super Bowl, he had eight catches for 78 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion. On third downs, he finished the year with 14 receptions, 173 yards, and two touchdowns.
New England added Amendola in 2013 to replace Wes Welker, however, things haven’t panned out that way. Julian Edelman filled Welker’s shoes while Amendola was recovering from injuries.
The Patriots know how to manage Amendola’s strengths and weaknesses. They limit his wear and tear throughout the regular season and utilize him during the postseason.
Unless a better suitor arises, Amendola will take the Patriots’ fifth wide receiver spot in 2017. He knows the system well, can fill in on special teams, and Brady trusts him, that’s hard to replace.