Posts Tagged ‘Danny Amendola’

In the Red Zone: Examining the Patriots Passing Attack vs. Dolphins in Week 15

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Julian Edelman and the productive Patriots passing game met its match in the red zone. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

While 34 completions, 364 yards and two touchdowns convey otherwise, the New England Patriots passing game was condensed in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Without tight end Rob Gronkowski attracting defenders off the line, without rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins stretching the edges of the field, and without left tackle Nate Solder enduring blocks off the blind side, New England’s offense was forced to change shape.

The unit did so with backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui supplanting Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and fourth-round pick Josh Boyce occupying the top three wide receiver spots, and left guard Logan Mankins transitioning to left tackle.

The modifications exchanged size and downfield presence for short, timing routes built to exploit Miami’s off-man and press-ball coverage while preserving quarterback Tom Brady.

The offense remained relatively efficient through the process. Brady was sacked once, hurried 12 times and hit seven times, according to Pro Football Focus, but the Patriots managed to sustain drives of 16, 10, 15 and 12 plays long.

As those four drives merged into the red zone, however, New England’s undermanned and undersized attack revealed its side effects.

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Catching Trust: Danny Amendola Answers Call on Patriots Game-Winning Drive Over Bills

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Danny Amendola displayed reliability on New England’s game-winning drive over the Bills. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots squeaked out a 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills in the regular-season opener Sunday afternoon. But for the better part of four quarters inside Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Bills offense looked like the more dependable one.

New England’s new-look attack was sent sputtering from three unsuccessful red-zone drives, multiple missed blocking assignments from the offensive line, fumbles from running back Stevan Ridley and quarterback Tom Brady, a bobbled catch-turned-interception from tight end Zach Sudfeld, and just four receptions on 14 targets from wideout Kenbrell Thompkins.

Yet down just one with 4:31 left in the final frame, the Patriots defense forced a three-and-out, which afforded Brady and Co. one last opportunity to win the game. And 48 yards later, a 35-yard field goal from kicker Stephen Gostkowski did just that.

New England’s 12-play final drive was more than a display of cohesion, though; it was a display of trust between Brady, tailback Shane Vereen and wide receiver Danny Amendola.

As the Patriots maneuvered through the Bills defense with only minutes remaining, Vereen totaled 31 yards on five touches, while Brady kneeled twice for a loss of three yards.

Although when the Patriots needed to move the sticks in the underneath, it was Amendola who was called upon.

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Patriots vs. Buccaneers: Thoughts and Observations

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Ryan Mallett had his best night as a professional football player.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After delivering a scare to the entire region of New England, Tom Brady was back on the Gillette Stadium field for the Patriots second preseason game. Brady, as expected was in mid-season form and showed no signs of a knee injury. Now that training camp is over and open roster spots dwindling multiple players needed impressive performances to play their way onto the competitive Patriots roster. Which players stood out and whose bubble burst against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

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Patriots Training Camp Notes: Danny Amendola Stands Out on Day Five

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

A large crowd was on hand under sunny skies Tuesday afternoon for New England Patriots practice. (Photo: Dan Hope)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots took the field Tuesday afternoon for their fifth consecutive day of practice to open their 2013 training camp. The pads were on for the Patriots and the sun was shining bright as they practiced for two hours and 10 minutes.

Here’s what I took away from what was personally my second trip of the year to watch practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

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Projecting New England’s Opening-Day Wide Receiver Depth Chart

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Could undrafted free agent Mark Harrison make the final roster in 2013? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

In an effort to completely revamp their wide receiver personnel, the New England Patriots signed four significant veteran wide receivers this offseason: Danny Amendola, Lavelle Hawkins, Michael Jenkins, and Donald Jones. To complement those additions, New England drafted wide receiver Aaron Dobson (Marshall) in the second round of the draft, and Josh Boyce (Texas Christian) in the fourth round. Following the draft, the Patriots added three undrafted free agents at the position: T.J. Moe (Missouri), Kenbrell Thompkins (Clemson), and, most recently, Mark Harrison (Rutgers.) The nine aforementioned players will join returning Patriots Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater, and Kamar Aiken in what should be a fierce roster battle. This article will detail the most likely candidates for roster spots.

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Resetting the Patriots 2013 NFL Draft Priorities

Sunday, April 14th, 2013
Ernie Adams

What are these two guys – plus Nick Caserio – going to cook up this year? (Photo: SI.com)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

NFL free agency has left the New England Patriots roster loaded at some positions and less secure at others. Certain old faces have departed, just like certain new faces have arrived.

It’s a business. It’s a process of upkeep and turnover. It’s a battle to keep talent at equilibrium.

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2013 NFL Draft Open Thread: Will the Patriots Trade Down?

Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Armond Armstead

After adding players like former CFL star Armond Armstead, do the Patriots have a good enough roster to avoid trading down?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Depending on if the Steelers match the offer-sheet signed by receiver Emmanuel Sanders, which it sounds like is still a possibility, the Patriots will either have just two or three picks before the seventh round of the draft.

While the Patriots have had success finding talent that late – Julian Edelman and Alfonzo Dennard come immediately to mind – you have to wonder if Bill Belichick will trade down to fill in the gap with picks in the middle rounds.

However, when everybody thinks they have the Patriots intentions figured out, they always seem to surprise.

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