Friday, July 26, 2013
Pats need Amendola to catch on quickly
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Though he's been a Patriot for just a few months, Danny Amendola appears to have settled in among a wide receiver group that is in transition.
Chemistry between Danny Amendola and Tom Brady will be extremely important for the Patriots.
The 27-year old was glad to hit the field for the start of training camp on Friday, despite the inclement weather.
"We got a lot of good work in," he said. "A little wet at times, but a lot of good work. Everybody seemed really happy to be out here and it's a good first day."
Though others endured some struggles in handling the football in the difficult conditions, Amendola was a bright spot on offense, making several impressive catches, including a diving grab toward the sidelines on a throw from Tom Brady.
Amendola and Brady have developed a fast rapport, though he said it will take time to fully develop the comfort level he hopes to achieve within the offense.
"It's going to be a while," he said. "We're going to work out the kinks from here on out until the end of the season and try to improve every day and that's just the way football goes."
The two spent time working together in Southern California this offseason, another step toward gaining the trust of Brady. Amendola noted the importance of repetitions in the process.
"Just a lot of reps," he added. "That's what camp's all about, you're going to try to get as much reps as you can. You're going to be dead tired after each day, and that's what it's about, just getting as much reps as you can and working on what you need to work on."
Amendola is reunited in New England with his former offensive coordinator in St. Louis, Josh McDaniels, and he told reporters there are some similarities between the two offensive systems. He also said that having Brady on the field is not unlike having a coach in the huddle.
"[He's] very demanding," he said of Brady. "He's like a coach on the field, he knows everything and [he's] really refreshing to play for."
Many are already projecting Amendola to be a focal point for the Patriots offense as it works to replace all of its top pass catchers from last season. Indications thus far have been that he's ready to fit in.
But Amendola, who mentioned that he's studied extensive film of the Patriots offense in recent seasons, understands that regardless of how long he and the other receivers have been a part of the Patriots organization, it's about steady improvement throughout training camp in advance of a Week 1 trip to Buffalo.
"We've got a lot of new guys," he said. "We've got a lot of experience in some areas and then some new guys coming out of college. We're just trying to get as much experience as we can out here and get better every day."