New Patriots receiver Danny Amendola knows what he’s getting into
|07.26.13 at 4:19 pm ET|
FOXBORO — You can’t say that Danny Amendola hasn’t done his homework.
The receiver said after his first training camp practice on Friday that he’s gone back and watched a lot of old film on the Patriots in an attempt to get up to speed as fast as possible in the New England system. Combined with his offseason work with quarterback Tom Brady — as well as his background with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels — it has given him a good idea of what to expect.
At the same time, he acknowledged Friday that no one knows much of anything until you get out on the field and get on-field experience with Brady and the rest of his new teammates.
“Just a lot of reps,” said Amendola, who flew out to Southern California in the offseason to spend time working with Brady. “That’s what camp’s all about. You’re going to try to get as [many] 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.”
Despite the homework and history with McDaniels (who was the Rams’ offensive coordinator for a year when Amendola was in St. Louis), Amendola said Friday that it’s not the sort of thing that can occur overnight.
‘It’s going to be a while,’ he said of his budding connection with Brady. ‘We’ll work out the kinks from here on out until the end of the season. We’ll try to improve every day, that’s just the way football goes.
‘We’re all just trying to get on the same page. He’s been here for a long time doing a lot of great things, I’m trying to adapt and trying to learn the best I can to get ready to play for him and for our team.’
Amendola signed a five-year, $31 million contract with New England this spring, shortly after Wes Welker departed as a free agent for Denver. It’s not the first time Amendola has followed in Welker’s footsteps, as the two both came out of Texas Tech. (At 27, Amendola is five years younger than Welker.)
‘Welker’s a great player. He’s done a lot of great things,’ said Amendola. ‘I’m excited to get the opportunity to play here, and show my teammates and whoever [else] that I’ll try to be the best I can be.’
Friday marked a good start for the 5-foot-11, 188-pound Amendola. He saw plenty of action working in a few different roles with the starting offense. The wet conditions slowed the action a little and proved challenging at times, but Amendola sounded encouraged when the session came to a close.
“We got a lot of good work in,” Amendola 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.
“We’ve got a lot of new guys,” he added. “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.”