Amendola brushes aside Patriots chatter

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Amendola brushes aside Patriots chatter

Danny Amendola is still a St. Louis Ram. And, as such, he knows where his bread is buttered.

"The Patriots? Interested in me? Ha! You joke."

Last month, murmurs of Amendola being on the Patriots radar were strong.

There was logic behind it.

Amendola is the second coming of Wes Welker. He is a restricted free agent who can be had for a second-round pick and a new contract. Welker and the Patriots remain divided on a deal that will keep the brilliant slot receiver on the team past this season. And Amendola's skill set is well-known by former Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

And there were rumors behind it.
Yet when multiple sources were pressed hard about the Patriots interest in Amendola, their urgent reluctance to confirm or deny suggested something was afoot. Reading tone when covering the Patriots is, unfortunately, a necessary part of the job.

The level of interest and conversation the Patriots had regarding Amendola -- if any -- did not advance past exploratory.

New England has addressed its needs and Amendola is now chuckling at the notion of Patriots' interest.

"It was just kind of humorous to me," Amendola said. "My agent actually called me. He was like, 'What's the deal? People are calling me wondering if you're in Boston, or if you're going to be a Patriot.' "

He explained he was in the area for "a week or two" because he spent time with family around Boston after attending the funeral of an aunt in Maine.

Amendola is working back from a dislocated elbow suffered last season. He was at the Rams' facility for voluntary workouts this week.

Unless he signs a long-term deal with the Rams instead of the RFA tender, he will be an unrestricted free agent next March.

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.