Super Bowl LII: New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is a “Little” Nightmare
For the New England Patriots, not much is a secret. Everyone knows about the great Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Rob Gronkowski. However, one player does not get the recognition that he deserves. That player is WR Danny Amendola. Amendola is, in a way, a secret weapon for Super Bowl LII. Here is how.
We all know that the favorite target for Tom Brady is TE Rob Gronkowski. Brady targeted Gronk 105 times on the season. Now, while this was good for second on the team in targets we still no the relationship that Brady and Gronk have. Brandin Cooks led the team in targets this season with 114.
While these are the big names that spur the offense, the name of Danny Amendola should sit in the back of your mind. He is Brady’s secret weapon. Amendola will take the pressure off having to always target Gronkowski is key situations. How? Teams forget about him. They are so focused on stopping Gronk or Cooks that the little man slips underneath and is wide open.
Yes, when I say little, I mean little. Amendola is 5’11” 190lbs. Not your ideal size for a WR. However, he has made living among the big men.
Amendola has the tendency to stay hidden throughout the game. A game can often go a half or so before we hear his name called. Nonetheless, he is always lurking. The Philadelphia Eagles cannot forget about him. Thus, that lurking will cost them.
Danny Amendola received the nickname of “Danny Playoff” from Rob Gronkowski. He is always showing up big in the postseason. Last season, in Super Bowl LI he had 8 receptions for 78 yards. His TD reception opened the Patriots comeback during the game. He also was on the receiving end of a 2 pt conversion to tie the game.
Again, in the 2017 playoffs, Amendola came up big. The Patriots were trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 4th quarter of the FAC Championship Game. “Danny Playoff” showed up with 7 receptions for 84 yards and 2 TDs in the 4th quarter. He also had a key 20-yard punt return that set up his winning TD reception. Thus earning him MVP for the game.
As you can see, while not a big name, Amendola is a big player for the New England Patriots. He will be lurking during Super Bowl LII. In fact, if the Eagles are not cautious Amendola will strike them dead.
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