Despite reports that he was furious over his buddy Wes Welker's departure to Denver, Tom Brady will apparently be putting hard feelings aside and wasting no time getting to work with #83's replacement, Danny Amendola.
|Danny Amendola and Tom Brady will begin working together next week|
Speaking with 101ESPN St. Louis this past week, Amendola stated that the two Patrriots, old and new, are working to coordinate schedules and get to work developing an on-field relationship that will be critical to the team's offense going forward:
“I’ve talked with Tom a couple times — just trying to get some scheduling down [figuring out when] we want to get together and throw here — starting probably next week — and go from there. I’m ready to get working with him." (Quote from WEEI.com)
The same article states that Aaron Hernandez will likely be involved in these sessions. Amendola, Hernandez, and Gronk are going to be the three players carrying the Patriots air-attack along with TB this upcoming season, so it is good to see the newcomer getting to work quickly and reconginizing the importance of developing chemistry with his quarterback.
I personally have come around a bit on the Amendola signing, but one thing that has concerned me more than others is the chemistry issue. I think people who have taken the stance that Amendola will be an upgrade from Welker are underestimating the innate connection Brady and Welker had on the field. When Brady needed someone to get open, when the Patriots needed a first down, 9 times out of 10 it was Welker he was looking to. Unfortunately when we needed a big catch, and needed a big first down in the playoffs, Welker had some uncharacterstic drops.
Either way, these off-season sessions are an encouraging sign. Let's just hope the two can connect and that Amendola can stay healthy.