Danny Amendola knows he could’ve done more to help Patriots ‘get the job done’
|01.20.14 at 1:53 pm ET|
DENVER — Of all the Patriots who had a rough day Sunday, Danny Amendola is certainly at the top of the list. He was targeted just once in Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship. The one time he was targeted, he dropped a Tom Brady pass right in his hands over the middle of the field in the third quarter.
“Credit to the Broncos,” Amendola said. “They played hard. I feel like we had to play better.”
For Amendola, this was his first taste of postseason after four injury-riddled seasons in St. Louis. As the Patriots were preparing for the eventual loss of Wes Welker in free agency, Amendola signed a five-year, $28.5 million contract last March to come to New England and chase his Super Bowl dreams. One drop on his only target of the day in the AFC championship is not what Amendola or Brady had in mind when the Patriots signed Amendola, who has battled through a torn groin and a concussion this season.
Sunday, he said, was the toughest loss of his career.
“It is, yeah,” Amendola conceded. “I felt like we fought hard for the whole season and it came down to a couple drives at the end and we couldn’t get the job done.”
After catching 10 passes for 131 yards in the Dec. 15 loss in Miami, Amendola finished with just six catches in his final four games, a point WEEI’s Chris Price expanded on after the game.
“It wasn’t our goal to lose at the end of the season but we have a bunch of fighters on this team,” Amendola said. “We fought through a bunch of adversity throughout the season. We just have to get better.
“We didn’t win the game so I’ll always think we could do better. Like I said, we have a bunch of fighters and we just couldn’t get it done today.”