Danny Amendola has long been compared to Welker. From his college career at Texas Tech — also Welker’s alma meter — to his undersized frame (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) and his primary role as a possession receiver, the comparisons are endless. Now, with Welker headed for the exit, Amendola could draw another parallel as Brady’s new favorite target.
Brady has relied on Welker more than any other Patriots receiver over the past five seasons, targeting him 156 times per season, and will likely continue focusing the passing attack around whoever is manning the slot. Amendola has proven he’s more than capable of handling such responsibilities, first with 85 catches on 123 targets in 2010 and again with 63 grabs on 101 targets in 2012. It’s also important to note that was done with Sam Bradford in the forever forsaken Rams offense.
So, production shouldn’t be an issue in switching over to Amendola in the slot. His addition would also add value for the Patriots, as that similar production would come at around $4-to-$5 million per year instead of the near $10 million Welker made last season.
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