There’s no better team in the NFL at delivering subtle but strong messages than the New England Patriots. It stems from head coach Bill Belichick, who is one of the league’s most ruthless innovators and game planners. This offseason, Belichick is reshaping his offense following an influx of new talent at the wide receiver position, and the departure of reliable veterans like Wes Welker.
Welker left the Patriots for the Denver Broncos in a shocking move during free agency, and he’s been replaced by former St. Louis Rams multi-purpose receiver Danny Amendola. Amendola is frequently compared to Welker, and while they do have many similarities, there’s one glaring difference: the former has the potential to be much more of a vertical threat.
Like anyone who breathes and has a soul, Danny Amendola was crushed by the events in Boston yesterday, his new place of work. So he decided to tie his donations to Boston charity X to his play in the upcoming season. While certainly noble, such a move is common, and has been done since that kid asked Babe Ruth to hit nine home runs or whatever.
But since Amendola is both original and awesome, he’ll donate money even if he’s the absolute worst on any given afternoon…
I will DONATE $100 for EVERY pass I catch next season to whatever “Boston Marathon Relief Fund” there is. And $200 for any dropped pass.
First off, welcome to the best NFL week that doesn’t have a very important football game at the end of it, a game in which the lights may or may not stay on. There will be so very many signings starting tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET, most of which will happen at about 4:01 thanks to the legal tampering/negotiation period over the past three days. Teams have surely reached agreements in principle with some of the hottest commodities on the open market, but since Roger Goodell thoroughly applied the duct tape late Friday night, your friends here in the media haven’t heard about them.
Sorry about that. Blame the Rodge, but now throughout the next week we’ll go about the business of documenting the gluttony and many wasted dollars, while getting little sleep. It’ll be great.
Anywho, on with the matter at hand. That headline is only a mild exaggeration, as on the eve of free agency it’s beginning to feel like the Eagles are indeed connected to every available player. I suppose that’s what happens when a team has $29 million in cap space, and a burning desire to repeat the summer of 2011 properly rebuild for new head coach Chip Kelly.
According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in boosting their wide receiving corps by adding the St. Louis Rams’ Danny Amendola.
They’re interested in pursuing Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, a person with direct knowledge of the team’s free agency plans told CSNPhilly.com. Amendola, who has two 60-plus catch seasons in the past three years, is one of the NFL’s most productive slot wideouts, although he can also play outside and is an excellent return specialist.
If he signed with the Eagles (he was on the their practice squad in 2009), Amendola would join a stable of WRs that already includes: Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Damaris Johnson.
During the 2012 season, Amendola missed five games with a clavicle injury, but still managed to haul in 63 catches for 666 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Owners of the Rams’ Danny Amendola and Falcons’ Roddy White woke up to some good news this morning, as both wide outs are expected to suit up and play today. Official word on White is expected very soon, but it looks pretty good.
Just spoke to #Falcons Coach Mike Smith – told me “it looks good” when I asked about WR Roddy White (questionable/knee) playing today.