Danny Amendola arrived with the Patriots last year just as Wes Welker was making his way out the door, so he found himself under tremendous scrutiny. Fair or not, expectations were incredibly high for Amendola, thanks to the gaudy resume of the slot receiver he replaced.
Welker served as Tom Brady’s most reliable and durable weapon during his time with the Patriots. Then, when Amendola immediately got hurt, it was tough to win back redemption, especially given his reputation with injuries. He eventually played, but never really seemed in sync with Brady, particularly during crunch time.
One year later, Amendola seems to understand what it’s going to take to turn the corner and make an impact. He gets it, so much so, that during the recent break before training camp, he was out on the West Coast training with Julian Edelman.
The story also mentioned that Amendola worked with Brady in the offseason too, which could be key to getting him back on track. While Edelman appears to have taken the "Wes Welker role," there is still plenty of opportunity for Amendola to be a contributing part of the offense. Right now he's ranked just 61st on our WR list and projected to catch 62 passes.