Danny Amendola spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, where he battled injuries, playing in all 16 games just once, in 2011. Amendola, a skilled slot receiver, signed with the New England Patriots prior to the 2013 season. He finished with 54 receptions for 633 yards in 12 games.
Early Years & College
Amendola was born in The Woodlands, Texas, on Nov. 2, 1985. Amendola played football at The Woodlands High School and led the school to the Texas state championship game, where they lost to North Shore. After graduating, he attended Texas Tech and developed into a star wide receiver and punt returner. Amendola had 204 receptions for 2,246 yards and 15 touchdowns at Texas Tech, while ranking third all-time in school history in punt returns and yardage.
St. Louis Rams
Amendola, an undrafted free agent, immediately drew comparisons to another slot receiver and Texas Tech alum, Wes Welker, upon arriving in the NFL. After bouncing around a few training camps – signed and eventually cut by both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles – Amendola found a home in St. Louis on Sept. 22, 2009. After making just six starts in 2009, he led the entire NFL in all-purpose yards with 2,364 in 2010. Then, the injury bug bit hard. Amendola saw action in only one game in 2011 before a dislocated clavicle cut his Rams' career short.
New England Patriots
On March 13, 2013, Amendola signed a five-year contract worth $28.5 million. He replaced departing free agent (ironically) Wes Welker in the starting lineup, but suffered a lingering groin injury in Week 1. He finished with 54 catches for 633 yards in 12 games.
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