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Bill Belichick happy with Danny Amendola early in camp

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04:59 PM ET 08.05 | The New England Patriots have had an unusual and abnormally rocky offseason for their franchise. After losing feature receiver Wes Welker to free agency and top tight end Rob Gronkowski to injury the beginning of the season looked like it was going to be rough. The Patriots signed St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola and then cut tight end Aaron Hernandez following his arrest on murder charges. That means Danny Amendola could be Tom Brady's main target when the season starts. His injury history has Patriots worrying about whether Amendola can shoulder the load and he has big shoes to fill replacing a very productive Welker. Head coach Bill Belichick made some comments that should calm Patriots fans and ease some of their worries.

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August 5, 2013  11:32 PM ET

He's got someone on the roster who can catch a ball, isn't injured, isn't in jail, and not making onto youtube doing pro-wrestling stunts while wearing a cast. I'd be thrilled, too.

August 6, 2013  12:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's got someone on the roster who can catch a ball, isn't injured, isn't in jail, and not making onto youtube doing pro-wrestling stunts while wearing a cast. I'd be thrilled, too.

Don't forget Tebow, he can, umm, well, he can run around and, umm...

Hey, look, they got Amendola.

August 6, 2013  12:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Don't forget Tebow, he can, umm, well, he can run around and, umm...Hey, look, they got Amendola.

They have Brady. They also have Mallett.

Tebow isn't a concern.

August 6, 2013  01:09 AM ET

Hoodie will rue the day he let WW slip away. Amendola will not last long taking game day hits.

August 6, 2013  02:04 AM ET

???He???s become a very dependable player for us,??? Belichick said, via ESPN Boston. ???He doesn???t make many mental errors. He???s a guy who is usually in the right spot and has a good understanding of defenses and what he???s supposed to do. You can tell he???s been in the league for four years.???

How that statement translates into happy is beyond me.

August 6, 2013  02:23 AM ET
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???He???s become a very dependable player for us,??? Belichick said, via ESPN Boston. ???He doesn???t make many mental errors. He???s a guy who is usually in the right spot and has a good understanding of defenses and what he???s supposed to do. You can tell he???s been in the league for four years.???How that statement translates into happy is beyond me.

That's as happy as hoodie gets in front of a mic.

August 6, 2013  03:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's got someone on the roster who can catch a ball, isn't injured, isn't in jail, and not making onto youtube doing pro-wrestling stunts while wearing a cast. I'd be thrilled, too.

Isn't injured? Yet.

He has averaged just 6 games a year over the course of the last 2 seasons.

August 6, 2013  03:43 AM ET

His career high is 40 catches and he had just 17 receptions last season. He'd be a nice 3rd WR, but he's expected to replace Wes Welker.

August 6, 2013  03:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Hoodie will rue the day he let WW slip away. Amendola will not last long taking game day hits.

BB got cocky thinking they could plug just any WR into his system.

August 6, 2013  03:48 AM ET

89 catches in 4 seasons. That's a down year for Welker.

August 6, 2013  04:00 AM ET
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BB got cocky thinking they could plug just any WR into his system.

If Amendola can stay healthy, and thats a very big if, he won't be just any WR. He's very good, just brittle.

August 6, 2013  04:12 AM ET
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89 catches in 4 seasons. That's a down year for Welker.

89 for Amendola in 4 years

449 + 26 playoff receptions for Welker in 4 years

And he could have re-signed Welker for the same money he paid Amendola.

This move is as confounding as signing Hernandez to a bigger contract than necessary, a year before he needed to.

Hoodie needs a "no" man. Too many yes men, evidently.

August 6, 2013  04:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Hoodie will rue the day he let WW slip away. Amendola will not last long taking game day hits.

absolutely...that will be the worst 2 mill they ever saved

August 6, 2013  07:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

89 catches in 4 seasons. That's a down year for Welker.

And they gave this guy a HUGE payday.

August 6, 2013  07:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

89 for Amendola in 4 years449 + 26 playoff receptions for Welker in 4 yearsAnd he could have re-signed Welker for the same money he paid Amendola.This move is as confounding as signing Hernandez to a bigger contract than necessary, a year before he needed to.Hoodie needs a "no" man. Too many yes men, evidently.

+1

August 6, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

And they gave this guy a HUGE payday.

5 years and 31 million, 10 million guaranteed.

August 6, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Well, it is just camp. Check back on week 7.

August 6, 2013  12:57 PM ET

He does look like Welker in that picture...

August 6, 2013  02:20 PM ET

Letting WW go was a calculated decision.
At 32 he had only 2/3 more productive years left, and his body has taken many hits. They offered him the contract that reflected those issues, but the Broncos decided to take a chance since Peyton also has limited shelf life left.
We'll see over the next few seasons who guessed correctly.

 
August 7, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

89 catches in 4 seasons. That's a down year for Welker.

More like 196 rec in 4 yrs. I think he can put up Welker like numbers if he plays a full season.

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