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Danny Amendola Injury A Major Blow To New England Patriots’ Playoff Hopes

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots have struggled on offense in this young NFL season. They barely moved the ball at all against the New York Jets in Week 2 and almost lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.

In both those games, the receivers weren’t on the same page as quarterback Tom Brady. Well, most weren’t on the same page with him. One guy who was where Brady needed him to be was the newly-acquired Danny Amendola, who amassed 10 catches for 104 yards in the Week 1 matchup against the Bills. He was the Patriots’ most reliable receiver in that game, and his absence was felt in a big way in their ugly win in Week 2.

Now that it looks like he might be out multiple weeks with possible surgery for a sports hernia, the New England offense is going to continue to struggle. Their lack of reliable receivers is a real concern this year. I was among those who hoped for the best this summer and thought that Brady could make stars out of anyone. But, it clearly looks like without Amendola healthy and on the field, they’re going to find moving the ball hard to do.

And the worst part of it all is that this is one of the last years we’re going to get with Brady at the helm. As much as it hurts to admit it, Brady is in the waning years of his prime. By the time these young receivers get to the point he needs them to be, he will most likely be past the point of being able to take advantage of it. Brady deserves better than that from the Patriots.

Despite how much the loss of Amendola would hurt the offense, there is still some hope for the Patriots this year. They somehow got wins in the first two weeks, and next week they get the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have a similarly inept offense. The Bucs may not be able to outscore them, but the better teams will. They might even have a hard time staying with the Miami Dolphins this year.

The loss of Amendola may not be a surprise, but it is a huge blow to the Patriots’ playoff hopes this year.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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