It was notable to me that Tom Brady mentioned veteran receiver Danny Amendola first when assessing where the Patriots go from here, without Julian Edelman. Brady has a similar level of trust with Amendola, as was evidenced in Super Bowl LI.
The Patriots have managed Amendola's playing time carefully in recent years -- hoping to keep him healthy for the long haul -- with the 2016 season a good example of it.
The Pats are still going to monitor Amendola's workload. This writer feels 40-50 percent of the snaps are a realistic range. The story added in 2015, Amendola played 51.5 percent of the snaps and totaled a line of 65-648-3. The writer went on to say getting Mitchell healthy to fill some of the void is the team's best-case scenario at this point.