Some Patriots fans have been asking for it to happen, and today i’m asking the question, is it time for the New England Patriots to finally reunite with Danny Amendola and bring him back to Pats Nation?
Danny Amendola has always sort of been the perfect player for the Patriots. He’s not a superstar by any means, but he and Tom Brady are very in sync. Amendola runs perfectly timed routes, allowing Brady to throw to a spot rather than to the receiver. But, a lot like Julian Edelman, Amendola knows when it’s time to break off his route and understands what Brady is thinking in different situations.
Tom Brady’s circle of trust was very small in 2019. It included Edelman, James White, and for periods of time Mohamed Sanu, that was really it. Phillip Dorsett started in the circle, but by the end of the season he found himself on the outside looking in. Amendola would bring more trust to the Patriots receiving core. His connection with Brady is what allowed Amendola to come through in the clutch so many times.
I haven’t been a big fan of bringing Amendola back into the mix, and even though I fully understand why it makes sense for the Patriots to bring him back. I just feel like bringing back Amendola would be moving backwards instead forwards, and an aging team, would just be getting older. But, I am a fan of bringing Tom Brady back to the Patriots, and Danny Amendola has been one of Brady’s favorite receivers. Right now, the only priority I think the Patriots should have is, make Tom Brady happy. If that means bringing back Amendola, then bring him back. There were rumors a couple of weeks ago, that Brady was going to bring Amendola anywhere that he went, and if Brady does end up signing with New England, then I guess that means the return of Danny Amendola to Pats Nation.
If you were to take a survey of Pats Nation right now, and you were to ask them, what do the Patriots need more than anything else? I feel confident that a lot of the fan base would tell you that New England needs an explosive receiver. If you asked them who the Patriots should sign, I’m sure that Aj Green and Amari Cooper’s names would be at the top of everybodies list. But, Brady has proven throughout his career that he doesn’t need an explosive receiver to win. Brady needs a guy who is a reliable route runner, that has a nose of the ball, makes catches, and doesn’t have critical drops.
"People are so enamored with the explosive playmakers available to quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense that they expect the Patriots to suddenly follow the same blueprint. Yet, Brady isn’t running around and dodging defenders like Neo in “The Matrix” in an effort to take the top off a defense. Those Randy Moss days are long gone for the 42-year-old quarterback. - A veteran receiver with a deep understanding of the Patriots offense and extraordinary route-running mechanics would be the perfect plug-and-play piece in New England. The common theme throughout the 2019 season was the lack of trust Brady had in his receivers. Is there any doubt of him jumping at an opportunity to win another Super Bowl with a familiar face?" - Jordy McElroy, Patriots Wire
Bringing Amendola back to New England doesn’t solve all of the Patriots offensive struggles. They still need to address and retool the tight end position, and Bill Belichick has to figure out what they are going to do with the offensive line. As big of an impact Amedola would probably have on the offense, the Patriots would still need to find a receiver that can take the top off the defense. The good news is, the 2020 NFL Draft is full of fast receivers, and Belichick could easily find a stretch receiver that Brady could throw deep to.
Signing Amendola will at the very least solve one problem. The Patriots are very tight to the salary cap right now, and Amendola should be a pretty cheap veteran piece that Brady would be happy with. Amendola would also take some pressure off of Julian Edleman, and giving Brady two outlets that he trusts. Signing Amendola also gives the Patriots the ability to move on from Mohamed Sanu if they wanted to. That would save the Patriots about $6.5 million that Belichick could use towards securing a tight end or an offensive linemen.
There were a lot of Patriots fans that didn’t want Amendola to leave, and they believe New England wouldn’t have been in the situation they were in now, if he never would have left. The divorce between Belichick and Amendola wasn’t great. Amendola felt Belichick gave him a low ball offer, and Danny decided to walk and signed with the Miami Dolphins, and then signed with the Detroit Lions the next season. The good news is, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman would probably be able to ease some of those tensions and get rid of any bad blood between Danny Amendola and Bill Belichick.
"Some are quick to point to the fact that he turns 35 this year, but age didn’t stop him from racking up 62 receptions for 678 yards for a team that lost their starting quarterback halfway into the 2019 season." - Jordy McElroy, Patriots Wire
At this point of his career Danny Amendola is probably more open to accepting a smaller contract, and essentially he could finish his career with the Patriots. Like I already mentioned, signing Amendola would give Belichick the opportunity to address other positions.
"When times get tough, sometimes it’s best to simply go back to what you know." - Jordy McElroy, Patriots Wire
Danny “Playoff” Amendola has been a part of some of the biggest moments in the history of the New England Patriots. He should land on the all decade list for New England someday. I know it sounds crazy when we’re talking about a 35 year old receiver, but Amendola would be a significant upgrade over the 2019 receiving corps.
Bringing back Amendola would also make Brady more comfortable and happy, and that’s what it’s all about right now, just make Tom Brady happy.