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Patriots could use their second-round pick on Danny Amendola

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Brandon Lloyd may not be the only receiver from the Rams whom the Patriots are targeting in free agency.

Tom Curran of CSNNE.com explores the possibility that the Patriots could have an eye on Danny Amendola, a restricted free agent whom the Rams tendered at the second-round level.

If the Patriots are interested, they’d need to sign Amendola to an offer sheet and then, if the Rams chose not to match the offer, ship a second-round draft pick to St. Louis. That may seem like too steep a price for Amendola, who was lost for the season with a Week One elbow injury last year, but maybe it wouldn’t be: Although he didn’t get a lot of attention on a bad Rams team, Amendola was a solid possession receiver who caught 85 passes in 2010.

There are a lot of similarities between Amendola and Wes Welker, and the Patriots could see the 26-year-old Amendola as Welker’s heir apparent in their passing game. Signing Amendola could make the Patriots feel more comfortable about merely keeping Welker on his one-year franchise tender, rather than signing him to a more costly long-term contract.

A second-round pick is a high price to pay, but if Amendola could be anywhere near the receiver in the Patriots’ offense that Welker has been, it would be a great deal.

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63 Responses to “Patriots could use their second-round pick on Danny Amendola”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:29 AM

    Know how Bradford regressed last season? Not having Amendola around was a huge part of that. The Rams will have to give serious consideration to matching any offer. It’s not like they need more draft picks after fleecing the Redskins, but they definitely need some talent at the WR position.

  2. vegaskid21 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:29 AM

    I like this kid. He’s a good football player. To bad he got hurt last year.

  3. redlobster1984 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:32 AM

    The suggestion that the Patriots would waste a second round pick on Amendola is laughable. They have welker 2.0 in Julian edelman on their roster already, + why would they waste a 2nd round pick on a guy that is always injured. This makes no sense.

  4. shackdelrio says: Mar 13, 2012 9:33 AM

    “There are a lot of similarities between Amendola and Wes Welker”

    Gee, what would the first one be???

  5. smh35 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:35 AM

    He better stay a Ram.

  6. nxsteven says: Mar 13, 2012 9:36 AM

    White guy? Plays Wide Receiver? Works hard?

    Must be the next Wes Welker!

    Anyway, I thought Edelman was the next Wes Welker??

  7. luckynumberlucas says: Mar 13, 2012 9:36 AM

    No way.

    Amendola is the same player as Welker and Edelman, just not as good.

    What they need is a legit deep threat, who can lift the top off the defenses, I really think they are getting either VJax or Wallace.

    If not, look for them to go after Mario Williams.

  8. ampats says: Mar 13, 2012 9:36 AM

    I’m not sure I am on board with this decision. Trading away a 2nd round pick for a “good”player who has been injury prone does not excite me but then again I don’t watch film. If this is the route they take I would rather sign Mike Wallace and give up the 31st pick.

  9. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 13, 2012 9:37 AM

    So a team that badly needs a deep threat should spend a second round pick on a possession guy that plays like another possession guy they already have…

  10. jnolte01 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:41 AM

    This would make NO sense. We already have Welker, and Julian Edelman is a poor man’s Welker. Just look how he performed in 2009 in the playoffs when Welker went down with that ACL injury. Adding another possession receiver is the absolute last thing I think this team needs.

  11. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 13, 2012 9:47 AM

    Absolutely not. The Pats have a Welker clone in Julian Edelman. Amendola is coming off a serious injury and has never, even in his short career, shown he can be the centerpiece of an offense like Welker has been in New England.

    No. Just no.

  12. 6ball says: Mar 13, 2012 9:48 AM

    .

    Belichick is not keen on drafting WR’s and 3-4 OLB ‘s in the early rounds. Both positions have a lot of risk due to the steep transition between the college and pro games.

    He prefers to have seen you perform at the pro level before investing , ratther than drafting a generic SEC receiver with the hope that his transition to the NFL will go smoothly.

    .

  13. benh999 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:49 AM

    A second round pick is *not* a high price to pay for a proven professional who is still young and would help at a position of need.

  14. laramtime says: Mar 13, 2012 9:52 AM

    Without Amendola, no way the Rams have even a decent year in 2010. He put the Rams on his back and gave them the chance to win. He was by far their best receiver. Aside from the stinking injury issue he is a beast.

  15. redrobots44 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:55 AM

    Makes no sense, clearly Edelman is a better WR that Chad Johnson…. Right, I mean we never saw Ocho and besides everyone knows Branch wants to stay here, please just use all 10 picks on DEs…..

  16. jolink653 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:57 AM

    another possession receiver is the last thing we need…welker and edelman have that covered and giving up a second round pick for another receiver like that would be a waste of a pick in a deep draft where a lot of great players will be available in the second round…if belichick gives up any pick it will be for wallace or webb

  17. the3taveren says: Mar 13, 2012 9:59 AM

    I agree with ampat. They should sign Mike Wallace and gladly give up the 31st pick in the draft. The chance of them getting a WR half as good as Wallace with that pick is so slim you can see through it!

  18. waxthat says: Mar 13, 2012 9:59 AM

    @luckynumberlucas

    AmendolaEdelman

  19. anarchopurplism says: Mar 13, 2012 9:59 AM

    What about Edelman?

    Maybe the Beli-genius is coming with a new 5-wide scheme: 2 TEs & 3 Possession WRs!

    Man-Zone Buster!

  20. gisellichek says: Mar 13, 2012 10:00 AM

    I live in Boston and Tom Curran is a legend in own mind… where he come up with this stuff can only be explained as fantasy land… I promise you all that there is no evidence the Patriots are leaning this way… Nobody knows what BB and the Pats brain trust are gonna do …

  21. rottz says: Mar 13, 2012 10:06 AM

    “There are a lot of similarities between Amendola and Wes Welker”

    Both went to Texas Tech! Back when TT had a real coach, Mike Leach.

  22. realitypolice says: Mar 13, 2012 10:06 AM

    Welker. Edelman. Amendola. Gronkowski.

    Is this the 2012 Patriots or the 1985 Celtics?

  23. Grulks says: Mar 13, 2012 10:07 AM

    trollhammer20 wrote:
    …. It’s not like they need more draft picks after fleecing the Redskins, but they definitely need some talent at the WR position.
    ==========
    you do realize that for the 2012 draft, they essentially only swapped firsts, and Skins gave up a second? That’s not exactly a plethora of extra draft picks.

  24. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 10:07 AM

    They need to be spending second round picks on that secondary. Plus, there is a reason why Edelman played DB late in the season. He isn’t the best WR.

  25. infectorman says: Mar 13, 2012 10:08 AM

    they really need to sign Brandon Lloyd. He put up 1400+ yards with Kyle Orton throwing to him! Imagine what he and Brady can do?

    Save yr first rounder to pick the best DB available, and yr other first rounder on the best D end available…
    WE NEED PASS RUSH!

  26. charliedamon says: Mar 13, 2012 10:09 AM

    Pats, stop working on the cheap and give Brady a talented deep threat again, while he’s still got the arm to get it down field.

  27. reallykeepingitreal says: Mar 13, 2012 10:09 AM

    Amendola was also Welker’s replacement at Texas Tech, both with Mike Leach, so you could expect a similar kind of football education and work ethic.

  28. dmc1542 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:11 AM

    Edelman is not a Welker clone. He is not as good…Brady does not really show the trust in him at times. He was on the roster bubble at the beginning of last season. People assume because they look alike that Edelman is Welker Jr.

    Also, people at one time thought a second round pick for Welker was too rich. Just sayin.

  29. rabidbillsfan says: Mar 13, 2012 10:13 AM

    I honestly don’t think the Rams would mind taking that 2nd. If Blackmon is gone before #6, the Rams could trade back farther and could end up with, at the very least, 3 2nd’s and 2 3rd’s, and that could be from trading back 10 spots. Floyd or Jeffrey will still be on the board there, and if you are that hung up on adding weapons for Bradford, then trade back into the first with your recieved 2nd and 3rds, and then with the 33rd pick you could get a tackle. I said it last week, the Rams are the biggest winners of the draft, and it’s still 5 weeks away.

  30. expatpatfan says: Mar 13, 2012 10:15 AM

    A second round pick is *not* a high price to pay for a proven professional who is still young and would help at a position of need.
    ==========================
    Possession receiver is not a position of need. I would much rather see the Pats offer a first for Wallace.

  31. sschmiggles says: Mar 13, 2012 10:17 AM

    I hope this is a just a rumor. The Patriots already have three possession receivers in Weller, Hernandez, and Edelman, plus Branch if he’s re-signed. They don’t need to give up a 2nd round pick for yet another one.

    Seriously, are they just going to settle for the 7 yard pass again? Without Gronk they have zero big play threats. If you’re going to give up a pick, it might as well be 31 for Mike Wallace, it’s not worth much more than a 2nd rounder anyway.

  32. vmannj says: Mar 13, 2012 10:20 AM

    Here’s a career tip…if you’re a white WR from Texas Tech, hire an agent and get the Pats on the phone!

  33. joe3001 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:20 AM

    I like the guy … but the Pats could really use a WR (other than Ocho Disappointo) who is at least 6′ tall.

  34. tatatoothy says: Mar 13, 2012 10:20 AM

    Is Welker in need of an heir apparent?

  35. schmitty2 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:21 AM

    redlobster1984 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:32 AM
    The suggestion that the Patriots would waste a second round pick on Amendola is laughable. They have welker 2.0 in Julian edelman on their roster already, + why would they waste a 2nd round pick on a guy that is always injured. This makes no sense.

    What makes no sense is you saying he is “Always injured” They guy dislocated his elbow on a freak play. Before that he was injury free and was near the top of the league lead in receptions in 2010.

  36. gdeli says: Mar 13, 2012 10:21 AM

    I saw him during the camp footage at the cowboys. They probably want him back. Sure gave danny motivation getting cut by the boys. 3pm central the craziness starts! sweet free agency, I just hope the vikes don’t get creamed by the other nfc north/nfc teams loading up and they fall flat on their face or do squat like last year. What were they thinking last year? “our defense/o line are just fine”. I lost respect for leslie there. Prove me wrong this year frazier! I double dare you..

  37. iced107 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:22 AM

    Wow.. Danny Amendola is getting the injury prone tag after one bad injury?

    Those of you labeling him that – please, stop acting like you know anything about Amendola on my Rams. The guy is as tough as nails and the comparison to Welker is accurate. Amendola is consistent, has taken a ton of big hits and bounces right back up when a lot of receiver’s would be slow to get up.

    Doubt he’s going anywhere.

  38. spedman24 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:26 AM

    Pats will never win another sb will bb or tb..they are now compromised by not being able to cheat….plus Brady hasn’t been Brady in years

  39. mikeyhigs says: Mar 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    Don’t rule out the Pats trying to swing a trade for DeSean. Eagles and Pats love to trade with each other. Sure, they could make a play for Wallace for a 1st rounder, but the they risk having to wait 7 days and then watching the Steelers match it. The Eagles may just part with him for a 1st.

  40. rabidbillsfan says: Mar 13, 2012 10:29 AM

    @6ball

    This is where Belicheck loses his credibility. There are a handful of busted Recivers over the last few years compared to a plethora of good ones. Neglecting a postion of need based on some personal opinion is really poor management. 38 recievers taken in the top 2 rounds since 2007, 11 could be considered busted picks, that s a 28% chance of failure. Also, the guys that didn’t pan out, they played for some of the worst offenses in the NFL with some bad QB’s. But wait, he’s got Chad, so they’re good, right?

  41. stlrams39 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:37 AM

    He’s had one injury. He’s not injury prone.

  42. 2dollarpbrs says: Mar 13, 2012 10:41 AM

    shackdelrio says: Mar 13, 2012 9:33 AM

    “There are a lot of similarities between Amendola and Wes Welker”

    Gee, what would the first one be???

    Answer: They are both White

  43. ramitbaby says: Mar 13, 2012 10:47 AM

    As genius as my team looked after last week’s trade, they’ll be equally as idiotic if Amendola is allowed to leave. Hes the best WR on the team right now….by far.

  44. frankdatank23 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:47 AM

    Dolphin fans would tell you Davone Bess is welker 2.0…….. that guy is very under-rated and compares favorably

  45. cuffhimbanano says: Mar 13, 2012 10:50 AM

    This is a tough one for the Pats fans. Would they prefer the team to acquire another undersized wide receiver who can only play in the slot, or would they prefer to have Belichick waste the pick?

  46. billybob91 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:54 AM

    It doesn’t make much sense to me unless the Pats plan on trading Welker or letting a team talk to him since he has a non-exclusive tag

  47. EJ says: Mar 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    The Patriots need to take care of their horrible DB situation before dropping any picks on more possession receivers. What they really need to do is spend their first two picks on Cornerback and their second on a DE. Brady lit the field up with the receiving core he has, just add a couple of 4th and 5th round WR’s and they will be all set, don’t alter what is working already.
    PS. If they don’t give Welker an extension, I’m sure there are plenty of other teams that will. He is a thoroughbred champion stallion running in a claiming race.

  48. hedphurst says: Mar 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    Julian Edelman isn’t a Welker clone. He’s a shorter Josh Cribbs clone (running QB from Kent State-turned ST player/backup WR).

  49. brianjoates says: Mar 13, 2012 10:56 AM

    The Pats really are a Northeastern Prep school team. Bill loves his white guys.

  50. patsfiend says: Mar 13, 2012 11:04 AM

    I was going to get on here and trash this idea, but then I read the first 30 comments and see that the usual cast of characters has already done it for me. Thank you!

    Also… can we stop calling every white possession receiver “the next Wes Welker” yet?

  51. solidmarine says: Mar 13, 2012 11:05 AM

    Tom Brady just threw up in his mouth.

  52. usmarine75 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:18 AM

    Yeah that makes sense. #31 for Mike Wallace or a second rd pick for Amendola?

    And you can’t play Amendola, 2 TE’s, and Welker at the same time. So, you’re going to spend all that money and a 2nd rd pick for a backup slot receiver? Sheesh.

    Who’s your GM, Whitney Houston? (what? too soon?)

  53. promickey says: Mar 13, 2012 11:29 AM

    Manangement in the NFL involves anticipation of decline due to age. Guessing what the optimum age is for a players performance. Case in point is Wes Welker who led the league in receptions at age 30. Now he will most likely never get the big long term contract he’s looking for………well making $9M is not bad.

  54. mullman7675 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:32 AM

    The league is cyclical, can’t stay on top forever. A team may go on a nice run, but it all comes to an end eventually. The Patriots and their obnoxious fan base will learn this soon enough.

  55. mullman7675 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:38 AM

    …plus the fact that they can’t cheat anymore. Also, if the “tuck” would have been correctly called a fumble—- ah, nevermind…..

  56. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 13, 2012 11:41 AM

    A second rounder for Amendola or a first round for Wallace?

    Seems like a no brainer…

  57. MTLighthouse69 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:41 AM

    You guys need to read between the lines:

    1. There is no guarantee that Welker will sign his tender.

    2. If Welker signs his tender, there is no guarantee that Welker and the Pats can agree on a long term deal. Didn’t they try to come to an agreement last year and failed?

    3. If Welker does sign his tender and doesn’t sign a long term deal, there is no way that the Patriots are going to tag him again next year.

    4. Edelman is not the next Wes Welker. Not by a long shot. If the Patriots thought Edelman could fill Welker’s spot, Welker wouldn’t have been tagged.

    5. The last time the Patriots drafted a wide receiver on their own that mattered, that wasn’t a bust, was Deion Branch in 2002. That was ten years ago. The Patriots are horrible when it comes to drafting wide receivers.

    6. If the Patriots feel that Amendola has better upside than any wide receiver that they could draft, then they will most certainly pick him up as Welker’s heir apparent and they will pick him up now. Why now? To integrate him into the system before Welker leaves.

  58. homelanddefense says: Mar 13, 2012 11:42 AM

    6ball says: Mar 13, 2012 9:48 AM

    .

    Belichick is not keen on drafting WR’s and 3-4 OLB ‘s in the early rounds. Both positions have a lot of risk due to the steep transition between the college and pro games.

    He prefers to have seen you perform at the pro level before investing , ratther than drafting a generic SEC receiver with the hope that his transition to the NFL will go smoothly.

    _________________________

    That actually isnt true, he has drafted a decent amount of WR’s in the first three rounds during his reign as GM/Coach. He isnt against it, he just isnt any good at it. you mentioned generic SEC WR, that is exactly what he did when he TRADED UP to get Chad Jackson (while trading the pick that was Greg Jennings) Taylor Price, Bethel Johnson, Brandon Tate, etc all first 3 rounds.

  59. bonecity7 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:07 PM

    mullman7675 says:Mar 13, 2012 11:32 AM

    The league is cyclical, can’t stay on top forever. A team may go on a nice run, but it all comes to an end eventually. The Patriots and their obnoxious fan base will learn this soon enough.
    ———————————————————-

    No one knows this more than a Pats fan!! We waited decades to go “go on a nice run”…….let alone realize that “it all comes to an end eventually”. We’re certainly enjoying a decade + of the best record in football, and hope that Kraft/Belichick can keep it going for a while longer……but no one thinks it’ll never end, just as no one (including you) wouldn’t be elated to have the home team play so well for so long.

  60. lilrob10201 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:11 PM

    No way.

    Amendola is the same player as Welker and Edelman, just not as good.

    What they need is a legit deep threat, who can lift the top off the defenses, I really think they are getting either VJax or Wallace.

    If not, look for them to go after Mario Williams.
    ————————————————
    So after using a 2nd round draft pick on a WR you think they are going to use a 1st round pick on Mike Wallace or break the bank on Vjackson ?

  61. farvite says: Mar 13, 2012 1:58 PM

    I’ve never understood why NFL teams don’t really use RFA?!

    Seems like there are 3 or 4 REALLY good players each year that don’t get any action and just return to their teams at a cut-rate price.

  62. hammerjacker says: Mar 13, 2012 2:23 PM

    I have a better idea, lets use our first round pick to get Ladarius Webb. I realize there is no way that will happen, but it would be nice. Having said that, I seriously hope we dont spend a second round pick on Amendola.

  63. ramfanaz says: Mar 13, 2012 2:46 PM

    Patriots value flexible players and Amendola led the league in yardage in 2010 with his return skills, he’s done a lot and is just coming in to his prime. Pats have two first round and two 2nd round picks so why not use a 2nd rounder on a known pro who fits what you do with upside, versus college player?

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