"He’s got to realize he’s 180 pounds,” said Devaney, who ran personnel for the Rams when Amendola was there. “He’s not 225 pounds. I saw that hit yesterday. I thought ‘Come on, Danny. You could have gotten out of bounds. You didn’t have to take that big hit.’
“He plays the game all out. He throws himself around. His injuries aren’t tissue tears (except for this year’s groin injury). They’re bones, just coming from the way he plays the game. You love the competitiveness, but sometimes you got to back off a little bit.”
Danny Amendola, however, disagrees with that. He is all about fighting for that extra yardage and giving 110%. Admirable qualities for sure, but maybe they don't mean much when he's constantly being sent to the locker room.
"The angle that we hit each other, if I would have gone out of bounds, I would have had to lose yards or go sideways, and I'm not really interested in that ... you're cutting the corner and trying to get as many yards as you can, and really not worried about much else -- you're worried about protecting the ball and flying through there as fast as you can go," he said.
I think I'll have to side with Devaney on this one. We always compare Danny Amendola to Wes Welker, because well, their stories are remarkably similar (same school, both undrafted). They also play the same position (slot). The Pats brought Amendola in to hopefully fill the void Welker left, so far that voids still painfully been there because Amendola can't get on the field.
The major difference between Wes Welker and Danny Amendola is that Welker was rarely ever injured. Wes would fight for extra yards, but he always knew when to go down. This was especially apparent from 2010 onwards after Welker suffered an ACL tear in the 2009 finale.
At least from what you can glean from Amendola's take, is that's not what he's interested in.