After very uncharacteristically fumbling a ball that was returned for a TD on the first play from scrimmage in the Rams’ Week Two win over Washington, WR Danny Amendola wasn’t about to start panicking.
“My mentality after that first play was to just quickly put it behind me and make as many plays as I could,” Amendola told PFW. “As it turned out, they called my number quite a bit, and I was just thankful to get the opportunity.”
As it turned out, all Amendola ended up doing was tie a league record with 12 first-half receptions and finish the game with 15 catches (for 160 yards and a TD), matching a franchise-best total since the merger. While the third-year receiver often referred to as “Wes Welker Lite” in league circles was more than willing to expound on his eye-popping accomplishment, he much preferred to talk about the grinding, never-say-die mentality he displayed while racking up such gargantuan numbers.
“I feel like we have more of an underdog mentality this year on both offense and defense,” he said. “I could name 15-20 guys on this team who just keep competing and fighting no matter what, and that’s a direct reflection on coach (Jeff) Fisher. There’s just something about him that makes us all want to play really hard for him. We respect him so much.”
There’s also no denying the respect Amendola has for Rams QB Sam Bradford, with whom he has established an obvious chemistry dating back to Bradford’s rookie campaign, when Amendola wreaked havoc out of the slot and led the league in total yardage.
“Working together going on our third year and spending the offseason together was really nice,” Amendola said. “We’ve become increasingly comfortable with one another and continue to get better.”
Amendola shed little light on one of the hottest fantasy-football questions these days: Just who are the Rams’ first, second and third receivers?
“The good part about fantasy football as far as we’re concerned is that we don’t ever have to worry about that stuff,” Amendola said. “We’re not worried who our No. 1 or No. 2 is, and quite frankly, we don’t even care. I think all our receivers want to do is just make plays and win games. It’s all part of that fighter’s mentality Coach Fisher has instilled.”