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Patriots WR Jordan Matthews explains checking in with Danny Amendola before selecting No. 80

Ryan Hannable
April 12, 2018 - 5:37 pm

New Patriots wide out Jordan Matthews has worn No. 87 for the majority of his career, and obviously that wasn't available in New England, so he decided to go with No. 80.

But, before making it official, he made sure to check with the last member of the Patriots to wear the number -- Danny Amendola.

"I called him before I got it," Matthews said to reporters Thursday. "Yeah, I was just making sure because, like I said, I know what he did here. I don’t think that you have to get a number retired and all that stuff to understand you need to have respect for what guys do in a place like this – especially, I think they call him “Danny Playoff,” and I think he earned that nickname. I just wanted to make sure from him, ‘Hey, is this cool?’ He said it was."

The two actually have met before.

"I met him at Sam Bradford’s wedding, so we were kicking it, had a great time," he said. "He was just a real cool dude, gave me a lot of good tidbits and stuff, because going into the next year, it was going to be my second year with Sam. He had played with Sam a lot in St. Louis, so he was just telling me about some things that Sam really liked in the offense and everything. It was good; we had a good conversation."

As for how Matthews will fit in with the Patriots offense, he said he's comfortable anywhere. He can play both in the slot and on the outside.

"I feel comfortable anywhere, honestly," Matthews said. "When I came into the league it was a situation where we had two guys that were very experienced on the outside in Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, so Coach [Chip] Kelly really wanted me inside just to learn and to kind of help guys get situated, so that was a place where I had a lot of production early on so it’s kind of where I got put for the rest of the time, but I’m confident in both areas. Whatever the team wants to use me at, I’m comfortable with."

Matthews signed a reported one-year deal and will be competing with Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt and Cordarrelle Patterson for a roster spot.