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What does reported loss of Danny Amendola mean for Patriots offense?

Ryan Hannable
March 13, 2018 - 3:57 pm

In a bit of a surprising move, Danny Amendola reportedly has agreed to sign with the Dolphins.

The 32-year-old will get a two-year deal worth $12 million with incentives and $8.25 million guaranteed, which is a contract the Patriots likely were never going to match.

Amendola has taken pay cuts over the last several years to remain in New England, but it was the other way this offseason and the Patriots didn't want to pay that much to a 32-year-old slot receiver.

So, how does this impact the Patriots offense? The short answer is not much.

There's no question Amendola is one of the most clutch players ever to wear a Patriots uniform and did the majority of his damage in the playoffs, but it isn't like him not returning will force the offense to change, or even create a need at receiver. New England is still fairly deep at the position.

Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Riley McCarron and (likely) Matthew Slater will all open training camp on the wide receiver depth chart. Aside from maybe a late-round pick or an undrafted free agent just to have another body around, the Patriots should be set at the position.

The loss of Amendola does put a little more pressure on Edelman to stay healthy, as Amendola was really the only slot receiver the Patriots had last year who could catch passes over the middle. Keep an eye on McCarron, though. He's a slot receiver who spent most of last year on the practice squad. 

Also, Hogan has the ability to do some of the things Amendola did in a pinch.

Having Cooks, Edelman, Hogan is a solid group of core receivers and then throw in Mitchell and/or Britt and Dorsett, plus McCarron as a developmental project, the Patriots should still feel good about the receiver position even without Amendola.

With that being said, Tom Brady will never have a player like Amendola who has such a knack for the big play whether it's on third down or in the playoffs. This is something that cannot be replaced and may be the one thing the Patriots will miss, along with his leadership in the locker room.

Overall, while it's tough to lose such a clutch player like Amendola, the offense will be able to survive and won't change much.

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