Monday, September 9, 2013

Amendola looking like Brady's new Welker


Tom Brady didn't think Danny Amendola would be back in the second half. The veteran field general was happy his new wideout returned.

Amendola battled a groin injury midway through the New England Patriots' 23-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills but went on to haul in 10 catches for 104 yards.

"He gave it everything he had and that is all you can ask," Brady told reporters after the game. "I didn’t really expect anything to happen in the second half, I thought he was going to be out for the rest of the game. He showed a lot of toughness, mental and physical and made some really great plays for us."

Amendola was clutch in the fourth quarter, hauling in a couple first-down receptions that set up the Patriots' game-winning field goal with just seconds left on the clock.

The former St. Louis Rams wideout has drawn the inevitable comparisons to former Patriots receiver Wes Welker. The fact that Amendola came out of Texas Tech, like Welker, doesn't help.

“Wes is a great player — one of the best, most productive receivers ever to play the game. He’s really innovated the slot position. I’ve learned a lot from him,” Amendola said, via “[But] I don’t really think about that stuff. I just try and think about my job."

Amendola's job is to continue to be what Welker was for six years in New England.

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