When Danny Amendola first signed with the New England Patriots, many NFL fans called it the “hands-down” best move of the offseason. Well, someone forgot to tell that much to Amendola because his first year under Bill Belichick was nothing short of a complete flop. New England paid Amendola to be the next Wes Welker, but the only thing that these two wide receivers have in common is their skin color.
Not only is Welker head and shoulders above Amendola when it comes to statistics and overall play, the Denver Broncos‘ wide receiver is an iron man compared to the Patriots’ current slot receiver. In fact, over the last three seasons Welker has missed a grand total of three games and they all came this past season due to on-going concussion issues. On the flip side, Amendola has missed 24 games since the start of the 2011 campaign — talk about an injury-riddled player.
Even still, Amendola was given a great opportunity in Foxborough and injuries aren’t the only reason his first year in a Patriots uniform was such a disappointment. Besides, Amendola was healthy as an ox for the AFC Championship game yet Tom Brady didn’t connect with No. 80 a single time. No folks that is not a mistake. Amendola, who was given a five-year $28.5 million contract this summer went catch-less in the biggest game of the season.
The only silver lining for New England is that Amendola can’t get much worse in his second year with the Patriots. Hopefully he can build up some sort of chemistry with Brady this offseason because Amendola was definitely on a different page than his quarterback all year long in 2013.