The New England Patriots had a major overhaul on the offensive side of the ball during the offseason. The glaring change to the offense that the media seems infatuated with, however, is new wide receiver Danny Amendola and his attempt to replace the highly productive Wes Welker, who defected to the Denver Broncos in the offseason after spending the past six years in New England.
Constantly comparing Amendola to Welker is not fair for the new Patriots wideout. Nevertheless, Amendola will need to have a major impact offensively for the Patriots to succeed in 2013.
Could Amendola’s past experience with current offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels help the wide receiver succeed in New England?
Amendola spent one year with the McDaniels in St. Louis for the 2011 season. Unfortunately for Amendola, he was only able to appear in one game after tearing his triceps in Week 1 of the season. Still, Amendola was able to spend valuable time learning McDaniels’ playbook in the 2011 training camp and preseason.
“It’s familiar,” Amendola said of the Patriots’ playbook. “When Josh was in St. Louis I got to know it pretty good. It’s a little more intricate out here. It’s something to grasp. I’m learning it every day.”
McDaniels believes Amendola’s time spent in St. Louis will help the new Patriot receiver adjust to the offensive schemes smoothly.
“Danny is familiar with our offense from being in St. Louis when I had the opportunity to spend some time with him in training camp back in 2011,” McDaniels said. “I think any time you have a foundation in the system it helps any player get going. Some of the things that he went through in St. Louis he obviously didn’t have to go through again here. Which I think helps the process.”
Amendola will attempt to continue the Patriots’ dominance on offense as the leader of a group of new wide receivers. Expectations will be sky high for Amendola, and hopefully his experience with McDaniels’ playbook will help the wideout become a major component of the Patriots offense.