Cam Amendola pick it up like Welker did?
In his first season with the Patriots, Wes Welker caught 112 passes for 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns. His previous career high was 67 catches with the Dolphins in 2006. From 2008 through 2012, Welker caught 111, 123, 86, 122 and 118 passes, respectively. Did the Patriots stumble upon the brilliant, untapped potential of a pass-catching prodigy? Or did Welker’s skill set fit the Patriots system and Tom Brady’s style so perfectly that he couldn’t help but put up gaudy numbers? Probably a little bit of both. And that’s why Danny Amendola is now running where Welker did. Amendola’s potential is similarly untapped (though more evident than Welker’s was in 2007) and he’s been the most obvious comp to Welker since 2010. It will take real-time reps for Amendola to get where Welker did in six seasons with Brady. Further, Amendola will see more clutter at the linebacker and secondary level than Welker encountered with Randy Moss dragging safeties downfield. But Amendola can approximate what Welker did -- the same way Welker approximated Troy Brown -- and the Patriots should remain just about the same in terms of slot production.