New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola missed all of training camp while recovering from offseason knee and ankle procedures. But the veteran wide receiver claims he’s ready to play.
Amendola said he’s prepared to take the field when the Patriots square off with the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener Sunday night.
“I feel good,” Amendola said, according to CSN New England’s Phil Perry. “I’ve been preparing a lot. I feel strong, feel fast, so I’m ready to roll.”
Amendola began training camp on the physically unable to perform list, but was not placed on the PUP list when the Patriots assembled their 53-man roster. Amendola practiced fully for the first time Sunday and participated again Tuesday.
Some might argue that Amendola missed out on precious reps during the preseason. But the eighth-year veteran probably has enough snaps on his resume to step in and contribute.
The larger problem might be that Amendola hasn’t been able to build much of a rapport with temporary starter Jimmy Garoppolo, who will serve as the team’s starter during the first four games while Tom Brady serves his four-game suspension. The chemistry between the two receivers could be off, which might affect their timing.
The Patriots would probably prefer more weapons at Garoppolo’s disposal. Amendola believes he can step in and contribute despite limited practice time.