Danny Amendola, WR, age 31
New England signed Danny Amendola under the assumption he would fill the role of departed wide receiver, Wes Welker. Although it wasn’t Amendola that took the Patriots starting wide receiver spot, he has been a quality contributor in his four years with the team.
Since joining the team in 2013, Amendola has posted 169 receptions for 1,724 yards and ten touchdowns. In four postseason appearances, he’s amassed 31 catches for 361 yards and four touchdowns, including two scores in Super Bowl’s XLIX and LI.
Amendola finished last season with 23 catches, 243 yards, and four touchdowns. In addition, he returned five kicks and eighteen punts for a combined 250 yards. In the playoffs, Amendola caught 10 balls for 90 yards, one touchdown, and a two-point conversion.
Injuries have been the main culprit for Amendola’s reduced playing time. His inconsistent health has made him available for only one full season in New England. Amendola is scheduled to hit the free agent market next March. The Patriots may pass on retaining the 32-year old in favor of second-year wideout Malcolm Mitchell. Amendola will always be remembered for his contributions in the Patriots’ two Super Bowl victories.