This past offseason, the New England Patriots decided not to bring back veteran wide receiver Wes Welker, rather they decided to give the money to Danny Amendola. While Amendola is an extremely talented receiver, he is also injured frequently, as he has missed 20 games in the last two seasons. This caused a lot of people tp question why Patriots signed him to a five year, $28.5 million contract, with 10 of it guaranteed. Amendola has yet to have more than 452 receiving yards in a single season, which is down right pathetic.
The similarities between Welker and Amendola are eerie: they are the same size player and type (under 6-feet-tall, speedy slot receivers), and they both went to the same college and were Texas Tech Red Raiders as well. Can Amendola have the same success as Welker? That’s anyone’s guess at the moment, as it seems that he’s considered the main receiver for Tom Brady, along with Julian Edelman.
All that being said, the Buffalo Bills‘ secondary is heavily depleted, as Jairus Byrd is listed as doubtful with plantar fasciitis, and No. 1 defensive back Stephon Gilmore is still out at least five more weeks with a broken wrist. That must mean cornerbacks like Ron Brooks and Leodis McKelvin will have to step up their game and shut down their assignments. The best way to shut down Amendola is to jam him at the line and be physical with him all day long.