There is no doubt that New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola has the talent to produce similar numbers as Wes Welker, the big question is wether the he can stay healthy and on the field. Recent injury reports that have resulted in limited practice for Amendola has created some concern but as ESPN Boston reports on September 5, the injury is minor and shouldn’t affect Amendola’s availability for the season opener against the Buffalo Bills on September 8.
Amendola suffered a minor groin injury that he’s been managing since the second preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ironically, it was in that game that Amendola showcased the kind of chemistry with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reminiscent of the Brady to Welker connection.
The injury won’t affect Amendola’s readiness for the season opener and he is just ready to step on the field and produce.
Amendola commented on his injury on Wednesday:
“I’m sick of talking about it, I just want to go play, to be honest with you. I’m excited about getting out there. I’m just ready to go.”
Unfortunately for Danny Amendola, any injury or lack of production is going to be analyzed before of the player he replaced. The only way to shake it, is to stay on the field and show the type of competitiveness that drew him comparisons to Welker before he even arrived in New England.