OVER/UNDER: 70 Catches (Regular Season)
Prediction- Over (76 catches): I'm feeling optimistic about Amendola this year. While I was disappointed to see Welker go, I do believe Amendola has the ability to be a more dynamic and explosive player than Wes. Obviously, his main weakness was Welker's biggest strength: durability. And that weakness above all could put Amendola's ability to reach the 70 catch plateau in jeopardy.
In his first NFL season with the Rams in 2009, Amendola was targeted 63 times, catching 43 of those passes along with 1 TD. In 2010, those numbers each rose to 123 targets, 85 receptions, and 3 touchdowns. He also led the NFL in all purpose yards that season. He played in just 1 game in 2011 after dislocating his elbow and tearing his triceps.He appeared to be returning to form in 2012, catching 63 passes and 3 touchdowns in 11 games, but had that season cut short by injury as well when he dislocated his clavicle.
There is no doubt that Amendola has the ability to go above and beyond the seventy catch mark. But much like the other slot receiver on the current roster, Julian Edelman, Amendola has struggled immensely to stay on the field consistently. That being said, I am strangely optomistic he will rise to the occasion this year and prove to be Brady's go-to receiver.
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