Danny Amendola has framed Eagles jersey to remind him of his journey

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Danny Amendola went through the Cowboys, Eagles and Rams before finding a home in New England. On Christmas, the Patriots receiver tweeted a photo of himself standing next to a framed Eagles jersey with his name on the back.

It’s the original practice jersey he wore during his short time with the Eagles.

“I only had one,” Amendola said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “They put your name on the back and everything, and I guess they were selling it for some reason. [A friend] bought it, sent it to me framed and said, ‘Hang this on your wall so you’ll never forget the day they cut you.’ I have it hanging. I’ll never forget that. I learned a lot there, but at the end of the day . . .”

Amendola signed with the Eagles’ practice squad January 7, 2009, with Philadelphia still in the postseason. He stayed with the team in the offseason and through the preseason before being cut. The Eagles re-signed him to the practice squad, where he lasted two weeks before the Rams signed him to their active roster.

“I was very low on the depth chart and learning, but I got some great tutelage from some really good coaches,” Amendola said of his days in Philadelphia. “There were a lot of good receivers there, too: Jason Avant, DeSean Jackson. Jeremy Maclin. Hank Baskett. Kevin Curtis was there; a guy I learned a lot from. I still carry those relationships on now with most of those guys.”

The jersey is a constant reminder of how far Amendola, 32, has come. He leads the Patriots with 18 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns in two postseason games.

“It took four years in St. Louis,” Amendola said of finally making it in the NFL. “I never felt like I knew what my NFL career was going to be. It’s always been head down and work your ass off, and that hasn’t really changed.”

32 responses to “Danny Amendola has framed Eagles jersey to remind him of his journey

  1. .
    Amendola is second in the league in least drops. Almost half of his receptions go for first downs. He’s also fearless as a punt returner.
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  2. Not a Pats fan..but love Amendola. I wish the 49ers would get him…so it would be Garoppollo to Amendola

  3. So this is why I abhor the 2 week wait for the SB. “Hang it on the wall so you won’t forget they cut you”. But then he got re-signed to the practice squad. Any person with knowledge of how practice squad works…if another team signs a player from a practice squad, the player wasn’t cut. Great that he was in Philly 9 years ago, but as he stated the players ahead of him where quite good.

  4. He was good with the Rams but back then he was always hurt so I was okay when they let him go. At the time I did not know how long it would take them to find a new receiver who could match his level of play.

  5. Fans who follow the NFC West should be very familiar with this man. Besides RB Stephen Jackson, Amendola was the only other legitimate offensive threat on those Rams squads from 09-11.

  6. I remember Amendola from his brief time with the Eagles. He looked good in those preseason games. I was sorry when they cut him. I’m glad it worked out for him, but I sure won’t be rooting for him in the Super Bowl.

  7. Amendola is another guy that is a much better player for New England than he would be on any other team. In the past though he has been less than impressive. He’s had issues with drops and injuries. He has stepped up this year with Edleman out.

    Eagles have one of the best nickel corners in the league this year in Patrick Robinson. That should be a pretty good matchup. The Eagles secondary in general matchup very well with Patriots receivers. Malcom Jenkins covers the tight end about as good as anybody. I think the one matcup to watch is how the Eagles will cover Patriots running backs. That’s where Brady does a lot of his damage because it’s difficult to get a hand on a running back when he’s coming out of the backfield.

  8. Poor guy, to be associated with that rat infested city. He is way above that cestpool. I’ll be a Pats fan for the SB, go get the 6th for Brady and Belichick.

  9. “Oh how contrived – he was demoted in effect, not cut.”
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    He was cut and then later on signed to their practice squad. Being totally off the team is quite the “demotion.”

  10. So he was signed, released, then re-signed. And the only reason he didn’t stay was because he was signed to an active roster by another team.

    And that’s fueling his fire? We’re stretching here.

  11. I was happy when the Patriots did not match the Bronco’s offer to Wes Welker as Welker always seemed to have killer games against the Bills. I remember the jokes when NE singed Danny ‘China Doll’ Amendola to take Welker’s place. Fast forward 5 years and now it is Danny ‘Playoff’ Amendola, who has only missed 11 games over those 5 years.

  12. fartsmella says:
    January 25, 2018 at 2:55 pm
    I remember i called this guy a bust… when NE signed him the 1st year

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    Yeah, 53 catches and 4 TDs on a torn groin is a real “bust”.

    WOW

  13. J will says:
    January 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    So this is why I abhor the 2 week wait for the SB. “Hang it on the wall so you won’t forget they cut you”.
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    I think his line of thinking is 180 degrees from where you’re coming from. I think he looks at it as how far he has come. A Practice Squad guy to valuable veteran who is highly regarded in the league. The tough Journey to get there. He’s a small dude too. Hard work will set you free.

    He also mentions how he got great tutelage from great coaches in Philly and that he has continued relationship with former teammates. Glass half full on this one.

  14. “So he was signed, released, then re-signed. And the only reason he didn’t stay was because he was signed to an active roster by another team.

    And that’s fueling his fire? We’re stretching here.”
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    Not sure what some posters are having trouble comprehending. The Eagles outright cut him. The fact he wound up on their practice roster later on means almost nothing–it’s just warm bodies to use in practice. He then signed with the Rams where he not only made the team but immediately became a contributor at receiver plus their main return guy. He was supposed to thank the Eagles for cutting him, I guess?

  15. This would count for so much more if he weren’t such a dirty player. I know this will get thumbs down, but even Pats fans should know that he’s no McCourty or Hightower when it comes to respecting an opponent-the most obvious case being the punt in that Chiefs game last year.

  16. The real difference in player performance is coaching. The patriots seem to pick up other teams neglected players and with their coaches put them in position to succeed. Sure the haters like to point towards deflated balls, videotape and PED’s. The real secret is the coaching. Bill Belichick often seems to find a home for veteran players. James Harrison is this years example, the Steelers only found 39 plays all year for him to participate in. The Patriots have used him already twice as much, it’s like he coming back from a year off.

  17. mikeinbrookline says:
    January 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm
    Has he surpassed Troy Brown as the best #80 in Pats playoff history?
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    NIMO. All the love for DA but Troy was special. Remember that blocked FG, lateral to Antwan Harris vs Pittsburgh in 2001? If that self centered, flat leaving, big mouthed load Parcells had played Troy in the GB Super Bowl there was a better than average chance Desmond Howard gets tackled instead of going to the house. As far as I know, Danny never had to play in the defensive backfield or kick return coverage.

  18. dangguy says:

    January 26, 2018 at 6:37 am

    The real difference in player performance is coaching. The patriots seem to pick up other teams neglected players and with their coaches put them in position to succeed. Sure the haters like to point towards deflated balls, videotape and PED’s. The real secret is the coaching. Bill Belichick often seems to find a home for veteran players. James Harrison is this years example, the Steelers only found 39 plays all year for him to participate in. The Patriots have used him already twice as much, it’s like he coming back from a year off.

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    He wasn’t a neglected player. He was 6th on the depth chart behind some pretty darn good receivers. Are you saying you would play him ahead of Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Kevin Curtis, or Hank Baskett? And you cant say yes to Baskett, because he was on the roster due to his height. We were in need of a bigger receiver to compliment 3 6′ and under starting receivers.

  19. I think anyone will succeed in the offense because of Tom Brady. I doubt Danny will be what he is now if he was on any other team. More likely cut again or less playing time. Patriots will even turn any of the Cowboys WR into superstars. Can’t wait for Jerry to realize Dak is garbage

  20. Exactly what Eagleswoot said. They had some damn good receivers, there was no place for Amendola even though everybody pretty much wanted him signed. Jackson & Maclin were a duo, Avant the 3rd down possession guy, and Kevin Curtis was just faaaaast but had his career killed by injuries.

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