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New England Patriots: Danny Amendola Could Return Sooner Than Expected

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New England Patriots: Danny Amendola Could Return Sooner Than Expected
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Danny Amendola at Patriots training camp. Photo by Faisal Zaman.

COMMENTARY | New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola was signed in the offseason to replace Pro-Bowl wide out Wes Welker, and in his first regular season game with the team against the Buffalo Bills, the world could see why New England felt confident letting Welker go; Amendola hauled in 10 receptions for a total of 104 yards.

Unfortunately for the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, Amendola reaggravated a preseason groin injury during the Week 1 victory and hasn't played a down since. In the two games Amendola has missed, New England has struggled moving the ball on offense as young receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson try to get themselves acquainted with the high degree of responsibility suddenly placed on their shoulders.

The results have been lackluster, to say the least. When Amendola was in the starting lineup, Brady threw for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 1. Without Amendola, Brady has averaged only 205 passing yards, and the team has struggled immensely in the red zone, scoring in only two drives in eight trips.

New England Patriots fans should rejoice then to learn that Danny Amendola is getting very close to returning to the field. According to a report by Boston Globe reporter Michael Whitmar, Amendola believes he will be "100 percent" soon.

Although no set timeframe for a return has been announced, all indications are that Amendola is recovering faster than expected and it appears that he should be back in uniform much earlier than the originally reported worst-case scenario of 6 weeks.

If the reports are accurate, Amendola's return could signal an end to Tom Brady's struggles within the opponent's 20-yard line, where he has a dismal completion percentage of 60.5 percent, as well as on third down conversions.

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Justin Haskins is a New England native and a freelance journalist. He has been obsessively following Boston professional sports for 10 years and has been published in numerous online publications and websites.

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