Curran: 'Remarkable performance' from Amendola

Curran: 'Remarkable performance' from Amendola
September 8, 2013, 6:30 pm
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After the Patriots escape from Buffalo with a 23-21 victory in the season opener, Mike Giardi and Tom E. Curran break down wide receiver Danny Amendola coming up big while playing through an injury and the pressure put on Tom Brady by the Bills pass rush.

"Danny Amendola gutting it on what appeared to be a bad groin," Giardi said, "had one big catch after another in the second half."

Said Curran: "He came in to the game injured, didn't have full participation until Friday, he obviously irritated it just before halftime. It was a remarkable performance."

Amendola had 10 catches for 104 yards, including key grabs on the final drive that set up Stephen Gostkowski's winning field goal.

"The narrative on Twitter throughout the game was 'Why did the Patriots get rid of Wes Welker?' Curran said. "Well, this was why. It can be replicated by very few people but Danny Amendola might be one of them."

Another concern among many in the aftermath of the closer-than-expected victory. The pressure Tom Brady found himself under from the Bills pass rush. Curran said a lot of that is owed to the unfamiliarity of the new receivers.

"We saw [Julian Edelman] bump into [Kenbrell] Thompkins, [Josh] Boyce and Amendola run into each other, Thompkins not work back outside. All those things made Tom Brady have to clutch, hold, then have situations. It's a chicken-and-egg thing. Are the offensive lineman not protecting him? Are the receivers not getting open, or is Tom Brady not quick enough getting rid of the ball?"