Can Danny Amendola Replace Wes Welker In Patriots Offense? [POLL]
Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos yesterday in a shocking move that left many New England Patriots fans wondering "who in the world is Tom Brady going to throw the ball to besides his tight ends?"
In an attempt to answer that question, the Patriots signed former Rams receiver Danny Amendola to a five year, $31 million deal that includes $10 million in guaranteed money.
The question now becomes: can Amendola replace the astronomical production of Welker in the Patriots offense?
Welker has put up 100 or more catches in five of his six seasons as a Patriot, and missed very little time during that span. Amendola has yet to catch 100 passes in a season and has missed significant amounts of time with a wide variety of injuries.
But, after comparing Welker's statistics before joining the Patriots and Amendola's up to this season, it isn't far fetched to think that he could see similar success. Check out this stat from ESPN's Stats and Information department on their stats prior to becoming Patriots:
Welker had 67 receptions and averaged 10.3 yards per catch for the 2006 Dolphins. Amendola had 63 catches and averaged 10.6 yards for the 2012 Rams.
Now, by no means am I saying that this means Amendola is automatically going to become Wes Welker 2.0, I'm just saying that they both went from playing well on crappy teams to being aligned with Tom Brady and that it is entirely possible.
What do you think? Will Danny Amendola be able to match the production of Wes Welker in the Patriots offense? Take our poll below and let us know.