COMMENTARY | Will Danny Amendola ever be healthy, or is it just too much to ask?
The New England Patriots came away with a thrilling win against the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints on Sunday, thanks to a late Tom Brady touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins. Although New England moved to 5-1, there is some bad news looking forward.
Amendola, who was brought in to replace Wes Welker's production, was hurt yet again. The receiver suffered a concussion, according to the Boston Globe. He left the game and didn't return, as Austin Collie took his spot in the lineup at the end of the game.
At this point, it would be a surprise if the Patriots went a game without some sort of Amendola injury. The concerns that lingered when the Patriots signed him this offseason have proven to be legitimate, as he simply can't seem to stay healthy regardless of where he's playing.
Looking forward, it seems as if the Patriots will have to plan as if they won't have Amendola on the field. He simply isn't reliable at this point, and Bill Belichick will have to manage the offense as if he won't playing.
Julian Edelman has performed admirably this season, but he simply isn't the player Amendola can be. Austin Collie was recently added to the team's roster, but it would be unrealistic to expect him to be a regular contributor. Collie has had his own fair share of health concerns, ironically related to concussions.
With Amendola injured yet again and the Rob Gronkowski situation looking stickier than ever, the Patriots may need to look externally for some help at receiver. As I recently wrote, the team could look at someone like Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns as a target before the trade deadline.
It's situations like this that make you appreciate what Wes Welker gave to the Patriots. It's hard to produce at such a high level and take so many hard hits game after game. Amendola might be the more talented player, but Welker's durability and toughness sure are something special.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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