FOXBORO -- "So far, so good," Danny Amendola said Tuesday.
The receiver was still dripping sweat from his second day of OTAs with the Patriots. It was the first time reporters were allowed to watch workouts and all eyes had been on Amendola. The reward was seeing some 2-on-1 time with him, fellow veteran Michael Jenkins, and quarterback Tom Brady.
Though it's only May, this period of establishing communication is crucial.
"It's the verbiage, it's everything. That's the most important thing, is the vocabulary of the offense. I'm learning day-in and day-out and studying at night and everything," Amendola said. "It's a process. [It's only the] second day. I'm looking forward to the next practice and getting ready for that."
The relationship with Brady cannot be understated. Just look at the most recent examples. The total failing of Chad Johnson's tenure here and the disappointment of Brandon Lloyd's, when placed next to Wes Welker's tremendous success, are rooted in the quarterback.
Trust equals production. Welker had both in spades before leaving for Denver.
Amendola is the slot receiver's positional replacement and the comparisons began before he was even signed. As if picking up the mantle of New England's franchise record-holder for receptions would be a breeze.
"That's not something I need to worry about," he said bravely. "I'm worried about the playbook and getting the routes down and getting on the same page with my teammates."
Amendola did acknowledge how important building his own bond with Brady is. The pair got a jump by working out together in April at the University of Southern California. The next steps will be taken in the meeting rooms, on the practice field, and should continue outside the building.
The Patriots signal caller certainly has Amendola's respect.
"I said it today -- he darted me in the chest with one ball and inside my head I was just like, 'Wow, this guy can really wing it," he laughed. "And that's why he's Tom Brady."
Other veterans are helping with the acclimation process. Good thing -- of New England's 12 listed receivers, Amendola is one of nine who are brand new to the team. Five of those players are rookies.
"There's a couple guys here who have been here for a while and we're really leaning on them to show us the ropes of the drills and the practice, and try to get the tempo going in the practice. We kind of thrive off that and then we get it going," he said.
"We have a really good group, I feel like. We have some guys coming from other teams with a lot of experience. It's exciting to see what we're going to be able to do."