Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

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Amendola with the Rams in November 2010
No. 80New England Patriots
Position: Wide receiver, return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-11-02) November 2, 1985
Place of birth: The Woodlands, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: The Woodlands (TX)
College: Texas Tech
Undrafted: 2008
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (XLIX)
  • NFL total yards leader (2,364 yards) (2010)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2007)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2004)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Receptions: 362
Receiving yards: 3,420
Receiving touchdowns: 17
Total return yards: 5,029
Player stats at NFL.com

Daniel James Amendola[1] (/æmənˈdlə/; born November 2, 1985) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2008, and joined the Patriots as a free agent in March 2013. He played college football at Texas Tech.

Amendola has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams.

Early years

Amendola attended The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston, Texas, playing football under coach Rick McDougald.[2] He completed his high school career by attempting to lead his team to its first-ever Texas State championship game. Although they lost to North Shore High School, Amendola finished his senior season with 1,045 receiving yards, 129 rushing yards, and 8 touchdowns.[3]

College career

Amendola as a freshman at Texas Tech

Amendola finished his college career at Texas Tech with 204 receptions for 2,246 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also returned 116 punts for 1,283 yards and one TD, an 11.06 yards per return average ranking Amendola third all-time in school history in punt returns and yardage, behind only Wes Welker and Tyrone Thurman.[4] Amendola's best year was his senior year, in which he was overshadowed by teammate Michael Crabtree, but still recorded 109 catches for 1,245 yards and 6 TDs.[5]

In his freshman 2004 season, Amendola saw limited duty on offense but was Tech's leading punt returner. He was named to the All-Big 12 first team as punt return specialist. He also caught 13 passes during the season, including one touchdown pass during the 2004 game against Baylor.[4]

During the 2005 season, Amendola made two memorable plays that led to Red Raider victories. The first was late in the 2005 game against Oklahoma. Tech was trailing and on fourth down, a Cody Hodges pass attempt was tipped, and Amendola made a leaping catch in traffic. He was tackled immediately and appeared to have been stopped just short of a first down. However, the spot was reviewed by the replay officials and the final spot of the ball resulted in a first down. The drive was kept alive and resulted in yet another disputed call—Taurean Henderson's stretch over the goal line on the final play of regulation, which gave the Red Raiders the victory over the Sooners.[6]

Another game-changing play came when Amendola recovered the fumble from an intercepted pass during the final drive of the 2005 game against Nebraska. Tech needed a touchdown to win. Tech quarterback Cody Hodges' pass was tipped and intercepted. Instead of taking a knee to seal the victory, the Nebraska defender decided to run with the ball and had it stripped. Amendola dove for the loose ball and recovered it.[7] Tech retained possession, resulting in a game-winning touchdown pass from Hodges to Joel Filani on fourth down with under 30 seconds remaining.[8]

Amendola majored in Communication Studies, but left early to train for the NFL Combine.[9]

Professional career

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5-10 * 185 * 4.58 1.51 * 2.65 * 4.25 ** 6.81 ** 31½" * 8'07" * 13 * 27 *
*At NFL Combine **At Texas Tech Pro Day

Amendola has drawn numerous comparisons to former Tech receiver Wes Welker, whose NFL career included stints with the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots, and the Denver Broncos,[10][11] as the two have similar builds (Welker is 5'9", 185 lb, while Amendola is 5'11", 183 lb), and played the same positions at Tech (slot receiver and punt returner).[12]

Dallas Cowboys

Amendola signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys on April 27, 2008.[13] His attempt to make it pro was featured on the HBO special Hard Knocks.[14] Amendola was cut by the Cowboys on August 30 and re-signed to the team's practice squad after clearing waivers.[15] [16][17] He spent the entire 2008 regular season on the team's practice squad.

Philadelphia Eagles

Amendola in August 2009

After his contract expired with the Dallas Cowboys, Amendola was signed to the practice squad of the Philadelphia Eagles on January 6, 2009.[18] Following the season, Amendola was re-signed to a future contract on January 19, 2009. He was waived during final cuts on September 5, 2009. He was re-signed to their practice squad on September 6, 2009.

St. Louis Rams

Amendola was signed off the Eagles' practice squad by the St. Louis Rams on September 22, 2009. In 2009, he caught 43 passes for 326 yards and one touchdown as a slot receiver. He returned 66 kicks for 1,618 yards and 31 punts returns for 360 yards. He started in six games in 2010, an increase from his two starts in 2009. In 2010 Amendola led the NFL in all-purpose yards with 2,364.[19]

In 2011 he sustained an upper-arm injury that resulted in him missing the remaining 15 games of the season after he underwent season-ending triceps surgery to repair the damage.[20]

On September 16, 2012, Amendola had 12 catches in the first half in a Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins that tied the record for most catches in a half set by Reggie Wayne in 2007.

On October 6, 2012, Amendola suffered a dislocated clavicle.[21] In a rare case, instead of popping out, the clavicle popped in and came millimeters from puncturing his trachea and aorta, which could have killed him. Rams' medical staff called around the league for information but no teams had ever had players suffering a similar injury. Amendola was anesthetized before popping the clavicle back into place. Due to the unusual nature of the injury the Rams were not certain when Amendola would return,[22] but he was able to recover after just three weeks and recorded 11 catches for 102 yards in a hard-fought tie with the San Francisco 49ers.[23]

Amendola joined Mark Chapman and Mike Carlson for the BBC's coverage of Super Bowl XLVI on February 5–6, 2012.[24]

New England Patriots

On March 13, 2013, just hours after New England Patriots slot receiver Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos, the Patriots announced the signing of Amendola. Amendola received a five-year contract for $28.5 million, with $10 million of that money guaranteed.[25] According to Tom E. Curran of CSN New England, Amendola actually signed with the Patriots before Welker signed with the Broncos.[26]

In the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Amendola pledged on his Twitter feed to donate to a recovery fund $100 for every pass he catches during the 2013 season, and $200 for every dropped pass.[27] Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, citing Amendola, made a similar pledge ($100 per tackle, and $200 per interception).[28]

In his Week 1 debut with New England, Amendola suffered a groin injury in the first half. He then returned after halftime to finish the game with 10 catches for 104 yards. Three of his catches were on crucial 3rd downs including two on the game-winning drive.

Amendola became the 50th receiver all time to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady when he caught a touchdown in the first quarter of a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 3, 2013.

Despite high expectations for the 2013 season, Amendola finished the year with 54 catches for 633 yards and 2 touchdowns, second to Julian Edelman.

In the 2014 season, Amendola only caught 27 passes for 200 yards and 1 touchdown. However, he had a solid game against the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round of that year's playoffs, catching 5 passes for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 51-yard score thrown by fellow wide receiver Julian Edelman. The Patriots would defeat the Ravens 35–31. In the AFC Championship game, Amendola only recorded 1 catch for 8 yards in a 45–7 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. In Super Bowl XLIX, Amendola recorded 5 catches for 48 yards and a touchdown in a 28–24 victory against the Seattle Seahawks.

On September 27, 2015, in a Week 3 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Amendola caught Tom Brady's 400th career touchdown pass, making Brady the fourth quarterback in history to reach that mark. He had one of his biggest games as a Patriot on Oct. 25 against the New York Jets, hauling in 8 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in New England's 30–23 victory.[29]

On November 15, 2015, Amendola returned a kickoff 82 yards, and would have had a touchdown if he hadn't been tripped by his own teammate, Duron Harmon, on the 6-yard line.[30] The next week, in a 20–13 win over the Buffalo Bills, Amendola racked up 9 catches for 117 yards before leaving with a knee injury.[31] The injury was later reported to be a sprain, putting Amendola's availability on a week-to-week basis. He returned on December 6 in a 35–28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, catching 7 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown and completing a pass for 36 yards.[32] On January 22, 2016, Amendola was fined $23,152 by the NFL for an illegal block on Kansas City Chiefs punt returner Jamell Fleming during the AFC Divisional playoff game.

Career statistics

Year Team Games Played Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2009 STL 14 43 326 7.6 25 1 20 4 1
2010 STL 16 85 689 8.1 36 3 35 2 1
2011 STL 1 5 45 9.0 18 0 3 1 0
2012 STL 11 63 666 10.6 56 3 12 3 2
2013 NE 12 54 633 11.7 57 2 37 0 0
2014 NE 16 27 200 7.4 21 1 12 0 0
2015 NE 14 65 648 10.0 41 3 32 1 1
Total 84 342 3,207 9.4 57 13 151 11 5


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