I had quick exchange on Twitter with Cian Fahey this week about how sneaky-dangerous Danny Amendola really is. Up to this point Amendola’s mostly known as the New England Patriots‘ slot replacement/clone for Wes Welker that left the St. Louis Rams, if he can stay healthy and hit his ceiling.
However, Mr. Fahey and others have also opined that he’s a more dangerous deep threat than Welker. And I agree.
This is evidenced in two more recent games against the San Francisco 49ers, where Amendola used the Niners’ aggression from the safety position against them, and ripped the top off this perrenially elite defense. Amendola may not be a bona fide speedster though he does possess deceptive moves and just enough speed to make teams pay deep now and then.
Of course, this is just the bonus that Amendola provides, though he may just need to fill more than Welker’s role in the short game unless the likes of Aaron Dobson, Donald Jones or Josh Boyce suddenly develop. The good news for New England is Amendola and Tom Brady are already hard at work in developing a rhythm in the pass game.
“The first time he didn’t quite get it and the second time he got it a little more, but not quite. And finally we nailed it,’’ Brady said, via the Boston Globe. ‘‘Hopefully, once you get that feeling of nailing it, you can understand it. I’ve developed some great chemistry with receivers over the years that body language is really important — when to (stop), when to move, when to give me your eyes, when to give me your hands, all those little cues that you’re using to try to anticipate things as players are very important.”