DORCHESTER, Mass. -- Danny Amendola put on a Patriots jersey for the first time Wednesday.
The receiver was in Dorchester, along with six of his teammates, for a PLAY 60 event at the Roger Clap Innovation School. After a brief assembly in front of 180 children, Amendola went outdoors for a workout with the kids. He broke from his hula-hoop contest with the students to catch up with reporters.
"It feels pretty good," he said of his new uniform. "I'm ready to put the pads on and start hitting people."
Amendola will have to wait. New England has a final OTA session before next week's mini-camp. But pads won't be put on until training camp, which starts in July.
That's when the real player evaluation begins. How far has Amendola come from St. Louis? How will he fit into a new, complex offense? How good is his connection with Tom Brady?
His respect for the quarterback is certainly there.
"He's a legend," Amendola said of Brady. "He's a football mind. He's been in the game for a long time. It's fun to learn from him, and play with him, and pick his brain a little bit. It's going to be a good year."
The pair started working out together in April, less than three weeks after Amendola signed with New England. There is still a lot of ground to cover before September.
"We're trying to get the most work we can in," Amendola said. "It's still early and we're just trying to go from there and try to be the best we can be in the given time we have. One day at a time."