Danny Amendola caught a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX last month. (NFL Game Rewind)
Danny Amendola has restructured his contract to stay with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 29-year-old wide receiver’s new deal is worth $12.75 million over three years, with a maximum value of $15 million after incentives.
Shane Vereen escaped for 11 catches in Super Bowl XLIX. (NFL Game Rewind)
Tom Brady. Julian Edelman. Rob Gronkowski. Malcolm Butler.
One received MVP, two others received 15 passes for over 170 yards and two touchdowns, and another received what would have been the game-winning touchdown. But the New England Patriots’ 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks’ was composed of many.
Here is look at seven other Patriots who proved to be constant parts of it, even if they were not alone.
Julian Edelman’s 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola evened the score on Saturday. (NFL Game Rewind)
Julian Edelman has been a wide receiver, a returner, a running back and a cornerback over his six years with the New England Patriots. But it wasn’t until Saturday night at Gillette Stadium that the 2009 seventh-round pick got to be what he was before.
With 4:28 remaining in the third quarter of Saturday night’s divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels called upon Edelman to do what he did at the College of San Mateo and Kent State. He called upon the pass-catcher to to throw one for the first time in his 86 NFL games.
“We were saving it for whenever Coach McDaniels called it,” said Edelman during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Middays with MFB. “We’ve been working on it for a while, had it in the bag for probably half the season. We just never got the situation or the coverage we needed to get it called.”
Down seven on a 1st-and-10 from the 49-yard line, the situation was right for the Patriots.
In the absence of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola emerged Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)
There was a time and place for Danny Amendola. It was Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
As the New England Patriots traveled to East Rutherford to face the New York Jets for Week 16, the team did so without the production of Julian Edelman, whose thigh injury and concussion kept 92 receptions, 972 yards and four touchdowns at home in Foxborough. But another wide receiver with 15 catches for 113 yards and one touchdown on the season would be traveling along with them.
Amendola stepped offensive huddle Sunday afternoon having started just two games on the season. He stepped in having played no more than 18 offensive snaps over the Patriots’ last four games. He stepped in having been held without a catch in six games, and having held no more than three catches for 35 yards in one game.
Those numbers would soon change.
Brandon Bolden’s 17-yard run helped the Patriots outlast the Jets on Sunday afternoon. (NFL Game Rewind)
There was no LeGarrette Blount in the backfield, no Julian Edelman out wide, no Dan Connolly on the line, and no Kyle Arrington in the secondary to face the New York Jets. The New England Patriots had to look elsewhere to replace the production of those four key contributors in Sunday’s 17-16 win at MetLife Stadium.
Here are some quick-hits as to how the depth fared. Continue reading