(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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When the Patriots signed Danny Amendola three years ago, he was supposed to replicate the success that Wes Welker had during his time in New England. To the disappointment of him and the team, he has not lived up to expectations. Injuries have played a big role in why his production was not what it was supposed to be. In his first year, he missed four games, most of which were due to a groin injury he suffered in week 1. He had less than 60 catches and just over 600 yards that year, but those results were still better than his very disappointing second year. That year he had less than 30 catches and less than 300 yards while playing in all 16 games.

Last year, the dip in production was due to Julian Edelman’s rise as the go to wide receiver and basically taking Amendola’s role and running with it. Edelman has had back to back great years and is replacing Welker’s production on his own. Amendola had become the forgotten man in New England. With Edelman getting most of the reps at slot receiver, Amendola was reduced to spot duty and playing on special teams. He did carve out a nice role as a kick returner towards the end of last season, but with the salary he makes, the production did not meet the cost.

Heading into the 2014-2015 playoffs, Amendola needed to prove his worth to the team and he did just that. In the divisional round against Baltimore, Amendola was one of the most important players on the field. He caught two touchdowns while also compiling over 80 yards receiving, leading the team to a comeback win.

Amendola’s postseason success did not stop there as he also had a nice game in the Super Bowl. His yardage might not have been very impressive at less than 50 yards, but he caught an important touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Amendola’s success played a big role in the team winning it all last season. Although the Super Bowl was an absolutely fantastic game, the first game against the Ravens was where everything started and, without Amendola’s big performance, maybe the team would not have advanced past that game.

Coming into this year, Amendola is facing a big challenge. Although he had a lot of success in the postseason last year, he will need to be productive and stay healthy during the regular season to remain a factor on offense. Amendola restructured his deal this offseason so he could stay in New England and now he needs to prove that he should be a member of this team for the foreseeable future. The team has multiple offensive options ahead of Amendola, so he will need to really step up to have a consistent role on the team. If he can stay on the field and be relied upon, there is no doubt that Danny Amendola can be every bit as good as he was when the team needed him the most.

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