FOXBORO -- Danny Amendola is ready for New England's regular season opener. Actually, he might be past ready.
"I'm sick of talking about it," he said Wednesday. "I just want to go play."
Amendola, in his first year with the Patriots, finds himself as a sage old receiver on this roster; half the players in the position group -- Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, and Kenbrell Thompkins -- are rookies.
"I'm going into my sixth year and these guys have been here for six months. I'm new here too, but being around the league you get a good feel for how things work.
"But it's only a matter of time before these young guys really start getting more experience and start coming around. And they've done a great job so far."
So far. These rookies have only just begun their uphill climb.
Quarterback Tom Brady, entering his fourteenth season, was asked earlier how well his patience holds up with such inexperienced targets. Brady joked that communication with young receivers is sometimes on par with the exchanges he has with his three-year old son.
The anecdote was shared with Amendola.
"Hopefully I'm more like a six-year old," the veteran deadpanned. "It's all about getting on the same page. These young guys have a lot to learn in terms of the whole NFL project. They've picked up a lot of things very quickly. The older guys in our room are kind of passing along all the knowledge we have."
It wasn't that long ago Amendola had his NFL debut with St. Louis. He recalls the experience easily.
Will Dobson, Boyce, and Thompkins get turned around by the speed of the game in Buffalo? Maybe at first. But as well as Amendola remembers the nerves, he also remembers how they started to fall away after the first play, first hit, first catch.
"It's an eye-opening experience all the way from your first practice to your first [regular season] Wednesday practice, your first week heading into your first game. Everything is new. There might be some bumps along the road, but at the same time, the more experience they get the better they'll be."