Danny Amendola: ‘You just have to keep fighting’
|09.08.13 at 5:36 pm ET|
ORCHARD PARK — Danny Amendola finished with a team-high 10 catches and 104 yards in his Patriots debut in Sunday’s win over the Bills, and managed to fight through what appeared to be a groin problem to help lead the New England offense back from a second-half deficit.
Amendola, who was on the sidelines at the end of the first half and start of the second half, said he struggled early against Buffalo.
“I really didn’t have my legs under me in the first half. I came in, made some adjustments and just tried to make as many plays as I could there in the second half and [help] get the ball moving,” he said.
“You just have to keep fighting. That’s what it’s about. It’s a long game — it’s a physical game. Honestly, it’s a fight out there, every play. We did a good job today fighting until the very end. It was awesome.”
Amendola had several big catches in the fourth quarter to help keep the chains moving, and played a major role in helping Tom Brady post his 27th come-from-behind win when the Patriots were trailing in the fourth quarter.
“We all know Tom has been in this situation before. He’s one of the best. So we really rallied behind him. He’s our leader, and did a great job,” Amendola said. “Tom Brady is a great quarterback — everybody knows that. He’s our leader.”
Many of Amendola’s grabs looked an awful lot like the same sort of catches that former New England receiver Wes Welker made over his six-year career with the Patriots. Amendola, who followed in Welker’s footsteps — first at Texas Tech and now in New England — said he doesn’t think about that sort of comparison.
“I was a senior in high school when I was going to Texas Tech and Wes was catching 15 balls a game,” Amendola said. “I’ve been watching Wes play at a very high level for a very long time. I’m just excited to be here, and I’m just excited to make plays with these guys.
“Wes is a great player — one of the best, most productive receivers ever to play the game. He’s really innovated the slot position. I’ve learned a lot from him,” he added. “[But] I don’t really think about that stuff. I just try and think about my job. I love playing with these guys — it’s a great team. I’ve only been here for a short amount of time, but I can already tell the guys really rally together. It starts at the top. I’m really excited to be here.”
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