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Danny Amendola reportedly has high ankle sprain, could be out until postseason 12.05.16 at 9:30 am ET
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It wasn’t all good news in Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams, as wide receiver Danny Amenedola left the game with an ankle injury.

Amendola was injured in the third quarter returning a punt when it looked like he twisted his ankle. The wide out didn’t start the game returning punts, but was forced into that role when rookie Cyrus Jones muffed another punt early in the game that the Patriots recovered.

He was seen after the game leaving the locker room on crutches.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Amendola has a high ankle sprain and the plan is to make sure he’s ready for the playoffs.

This isn’t the first time Amendola has been injured returning punts, as last year he injured his knee when he was forced into the role because of Chris Harper’s issues. The team will need to find someone it can count on for the rest of the season, ideally not Julian Edelman.

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Danny Amendola jokes Bill Belichick is same coach, win or lose: ‘He’ll rip your ass, one way or another’ 11.16.16 at 7:34 pm ET
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Danny Amendola had some colorful language when asked to describe Bill Belichick's emotions after wins or losses. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Danny Amendola had some colorful language when asked to describe Bill Belichick’s emotions after wins or losses. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — There’s something to be said for consistency.

On Wednesday, Patriots players were asked if the vibe around Gillette Stadium — and the mood of Bill Belichick — was any different after a loss as opposed to a win.

“No. He’s the same coach,” Amendola said of Belichick’s emotional ups and downs. “He’ll rip your ass one way or another, whether you win or lose.”

All kidding aside, the feeling around Foxboro after a loss is a little strange for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it doesn’t happen all that often.

“The week of preparation isn’t [different], but I think mentally and how you feel is different,” said veteran safety Devin McCourty.

He added: “I’m sure any player when you’re coming off a loss, you’ve just got a bad taste in your mouth and you want to get out there, you want to play well. Usually, when you lose it’s because you haven’t played well, so I just think that part of it is different, but you have to continue to have the same preparation, whether it’s a win or a loss. You can’t come off a loss and focus on only getting back out there on the field Sunday and not preparing throughout the week because you’re going to get the same result. We’ve got to start it off today, going out there having a good practice and start our preparation.”

According to special teams captain Matthew Slater, the key to rebounding over the course of the week starts with a consistent mindset.

“I think our approach has always tried to be ‘Steady Eddie,’ regardless of a win or a loss,” Slater said. “I don’t think we need to start pressing or doing anything differently. We’re focusing every week. We give every week our best, preparation wise. Some weeks it works out for you, other weeks it doesn’t. Last week it didn’t, hopefully this week it’s good enough. We’ll just go back to doing the little things, and see what that gets us on Sunday.”

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Danny Amendola on OM&F: Patriots-Seahawks had playoff-like atmosphere 11.14.16 at 3:47 pm ET
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Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday following the Patriots’ 31-24 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Unlike Seattle coach Pete Carroll, who said the Gillette Stadium crowd was quiet, Amendola thought the game had a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Every game you can pull positives out whether you’re learning from your mistakes, whether you’re continuing to make plays, or whatever it may be,” Amendola said. “Definitely we’re going to learn that every drive within the game matters, everything matters, every play matters.

“There was definitely an atmosphere last night like a playoff game. It was a big game. A lot of buzz. We felt amped up. We knew they were amped up. Both teams were giving it their best shot. The young guys maybe who haven’t been in that situation before learn that every play matters. When you’re playing big games like that, the stakes are a little bit higher.”

Amendola finished the game with one catch for 14 yards.

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Danny Amendola talks Donald Trump winning election: ‘Of course we have a reaction, it’s our country’ 11.09.16 at 7:59 pm ET
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Danny Amendola

FOXBORO — The biggest topic of conversation at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday wasn’t about the upcoming game with the Seahawks, instead it was Donald Trump, specifically Bill Belichick and Tom Brady both reaching out to the future president on the week of the election.

Inside the locker room, the other players didn’t want to do much talking on the subject.

“We’ll keep that in house,” wide receiver Danny Amendola said. “We’re focused on Seattle.”

The wide out was asked a follow up question on the election in general, which got more of a response.

“Of course we have a reaction, it’s our country, but it’s not really important right now,” Amendola said, noting the game Sunday against the Seahawks.

As for special teams captain Matthew Slater, he wasn’t going down that path at all.

“Not getting into that,” he said. “I respect you asking that but I’m here to talk about the Seahawks.”

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Target Practice: Who has been top option in Patriots’ passing game over first half of season? 11.03.16 at 12:48 pm ET
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He doesn't get the same amount of chances as some of his high-profile teammates, but Danny Amendola is pretty much as dependable as they come. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

He doesn’t get the same amount of chances as some of his high-profile teammates, but Danny Amendola is pretty much as dependable as they come. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains a vaguely imperfect stat — a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer or coach might have in said pass catcher. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown through the first eight games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 41 catches on 63 targets (65 percent)
RB James White: 29 catches on 42 targets (69 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 31 catches on 40 targets (78 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 22 catches on 30 targets (73 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 19 catches on 27 targets (70 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 16 catches on 20 targets (80 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 6 catches on 13 targets (46 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 6 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Breakdown of targets by position
Wide Receiver: 81 catches on 116 targets (70 percent)
Tight End: 53 catches on 72 targets (74 percent)
Running Back: 38 catches on 54 targets (70 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

Since the start of the 2015 season, Amendola and Seattle’s Doug Baldwin are the only two wide receivers in the league who have been targeted at least 100 times and have a catch rate of 75 percent or better, according to Pro Football Reference. (Regular-season only.) Amendola has 81 catches on 107 targets (75.7 percent) and Baldwin has 116 catches on 154 targets (75.3 percent). Amendola does not get near the amount of targets in the New England passing game that Edelman or Gronkowski get, but his dependability says something about his overall value in the Patriots offense.

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Chris Long masks any tension in locker room with spot on impersonation of Julian Edelman 11.01.16 at 3:37 pm ET
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FOXBORO — If you thought there might be any public lingering tension in the Patriots locker room, you wouldn’t have known it by the atmosphere after the team’s first bye week practice and its first practice without Jamie Collins.

As the media was let into the locker room Tuesday afternoon, there was a player with headphones in a Kent State football t-shirt sitting in the locker of Julian Edelman. Nothing strange about that since Edelman did, indeed, star in football there and they were his typical headphones.

But upon closer inspection, the player sitting down had massive tattoo-decorated arms, was about seven inches taller. The face wasn’t Edelman’s but rather a mask. It was Chris Long posing as the Patriots wide receiver.

But that didn’t keep him from doing an interview as the star receiver.

So Julian, how how much do you love playing with Tom Brady? “I love it a lot. Me and Tom go way back. We’ve been friends a long time. That’s why he gets me the rock when it matters.”

Do you feel like you’re playing bigger this year? “Yeah, I lifted a lot. I spent my offseason in Muscle Beach. I did a lot of sit ups in the park. And you can see it when I’m blocking. I move people. I do everything.”

Then the real Edelman came to his locker wondering what was going on. “Hey bro, who are you?” Then he realized what was going on. “Let’s hear it,” Edelman said.

Who’s the best defensive player on the team? “If I’m not playing defense, I guess it’d be [Dont’a] Hightower.”

What about your skateboarding game? “Skateboarding is one of the few special places. It’s how I really get away when I’m out there on my longboard and I’m just skating through the streets of Boston with my best friend Danny [Amendola]. I can really escape being a celebrity for a few minutes.”

We thought Tom Brady was your best friend on the team. “I have a couple of best friends.”

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Snap Judgments: Tom Brady throws 4 TDs, Rob Gronkowski scores 69th, Patriots roll Bills 10.30.16 at 3:59 pm ET
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Oct 30, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA;  New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady threw touchdowns to three different wide receivers Sunday in a win at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. —  So much for Tom Brady ignoring his wide receivers.

Brady threw four touchdown passes Sunday, including one each to wideouts Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski set a new franchise record with his 69th touchdown as the Patriots avenged their only loss with a 41-25 romp over the Bills at New Era Field.

Brady finished 22-of-33 for 315 yards and four touchdowns. In four games this season, Brady has 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Gronkowski had five catches on seven targets for 109 yards.

There was no pregame drama between the teams in warmups and there was little in the game once it began.

The Patriots (7-1) all but clinched the AFC East with the win while the Bills (4-4) lost their second straight.

The Bills had their chance to establish momentum early in this game and with a couple of big runs on the opening drive from Mike Gillislee (filling in for LeSean McCoy), they were doing just that. Then a dump pass to fullback Jerome Felton got the Bills down to the Patriots 6.

But the Bills and Tyrod Taylor stalled there and they had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter.

Once Tom Brady got a hold of the ball, there was no looking back. The Patriots marched down the field, going 65 yards in 14 plays, capped off by a nine-yard pass on third-and-goal to Danny Amendola. It was Brady’s first touchdown pass this season to a wide receiver.

Brady was brilliant on third down, converting all four chances by spreading the ball around.

The next time the Patriots got the ball, Brady needed just three plays to go 55 yards. Brady took a huge hit but connected to a wide open Julian Edelman down the middle to the Bills 1. But just as was the case on Oct. 2 when Jacoby Brissett connected with Edelman for a 90-yard pitch and catch to the Buffalo 1 on the first play, this play was called back when right tackle Marcus Cannon was called for being downfield illegally.

Closing Time note

Tom Brady is now 26-3 against the Bills as a starter.

But that hardly phased Brady. On the next play, Brady dropped back on third-and-13 from the Patriots 47 and found an open Chris Hogan streaking down the left sideline. The high-arching pass fell right into Hogan’s arms for a 53-yard touchdown for the second Brady TD strike to a receiver this season and the second of the game for a 14-3 Patriots’ lead.

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