Bring Danny Playoff Back to New England

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Reunited, and it feels so good.  Reunited ‘cause we understood.  There’s one perfect fit and could Danny Amendola be it?

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Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is a free agent this offseason, and it’s rumored that Tom Brady will try and bring Amendola with him to his next destination.  That could also include bringing him back to the Patriots as well according to Doug Kyed of NESN.com.  Quick side note, I still haven’t sorted out my feelings on the new NESN logo, I miss the old one, but I digress.  Back to DA and Brady.

The Patriots signed Amendola in 2013 just hours after Wes Welker left in free agency and joined the Denver Broncos.  Amendola signed for five years and $28.5 million dollars.

Amendola didn’t exactly leave New England on the best of terms before he signed with the Miami Dolphins.  In case anyone forgot what Amendola said following the Patriots loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII: “Coach Gase is one of the guys, one of the boys, and you want to fight hard for your boys.  Back in New England, it’s almost like you’ve got a principal, the principal’s office and s— like that.  In a good way and in a bad way, too.”
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Amendola would go on to add, “It’s not easy playing for Belichick, that’s for sure. He’s an a—— sometimes.”

If Amendola were to return to the Patriots, it would require for him to mend some fences with head coach Bill Belichick.  There is a possibility for a reunion if we look at past history.  The Patriots brought back Jamie Collins after he was traded to the Cleveland Browns and the team traded back for wide receiver Deion Branch.

On the flip side, if Brady were to depart from the Patriots, he could bring DA to his new team to bring some familiarity to the new offense.  Brady and Amendola have always had very good chemistry while they were both with the Patriots.  Amendola was a clutch receiver for Brady in the playoffs during his time here.  Amendola was nicknamed “Danny Playoff” in 2017.  During the time he spent with the Patriots, Danny Playoff caught 57 passes for 709 yards and had six touchdown passes in 13 playoff games.

The Patriots need depth at the wide receiver position, they also need to go younger at the position.  The Patriots can do that, but they also should bring players that Brady can work with for the remainder of the time he’ll be playing in the NFL.  That’s if the Patriots bring Brady back before he hits free agency.

The Patriots have Jakobi Meyers, Mohamed Sanu, N’Keal Harry and Julian Edelman for next season.  There is uncertainty with all those players mentioned.  I include Edelman in that uncertainty because he’s coming off a season of injuries and surgeries.

Bringing back a player like Amendola, they’ll have a legitimate punt returner for next season.  Brady will have a player to go alongside Edelman he completely trusts.  Amendola could have been the primary target on many of the team’s important drives last season, allowing the other receivers to be complementary pieces to the offense.

Amendola, 34, who will be 35 next season, brings stability back to the offense for Brady.  Brady never seemed in-sync with his offense last season.  Amendola could be a low cost option for the Patriots, and if the team finds some actual tight ends and an offensive line for Brady, the offense could get back to resembling what we’ve been accustomed to the last handful of years.

This all hinges on whether Brady comes back.  Even so, when has Belichick ever done anything that Brady would have liked during his tenure here with the Patriots? 

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