The New England Patriots offense has adopted a new look this season, regaining their vaunted two tight end formation that torched opposing defenses for the entirety of the 2011 season. Newcomer tight end Martellus Bennett leads the Patriots in receiving yards through 6 games, totaling 362 yards through the air. All-Pro Rob Gronkowski trails Bennett by 60 yards. The two bruising tight ends have combined to total 29.3 percent of the Patriots’ catches thus far.
Opportunities for New England’s wide receivers have thus been scarce, especially when you factor in running back James White hauling in 25 receptions this season, good for third on the team behind only Bennett and Julian Edelman.
Danny Amendola, once a Patriots key offseason addition to complement Tom Brady’s prolific passing game, hasn’t had many opportunities to shine this season as a result. It appears new addition Chris Hogan has emerged as New England’s No. 2 wideout as well, drawing 20 targets through 6 games and leading the receiving corps with 275 yards.
Amendola has been a key figure for the Patriots in one specific, crucial aspect of the offense, however.
Danny Amendola has been one of the most clutch players on Patriots this season. Of his 13 catches, 7 have come on third-down.
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) October 18, 2016
Brady clearly is targeting his two tight ends this season, but his ability to spray the ball all over the field will continue to provide opportunities for Amendola and other pass catchers to make clutch contributions.