Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola
33-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Detroit Lions
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Trading Golden Tate midway through the 2018 season created an opportunity for the Lions to add a new face at the slot receiver spot. While the rising Kenny Golladay proved effective in that role, Detroit likely prefers to use him primarily on the outside. Enter Amendola, who caught 59 passes for 575 yards and one score for the Dolphins in 2018 after a storied five-year stint with the Patriots, when he averaged over ten yards per catch four times and snagged over 70 percent of the total passes thrown his way. The Tom Brady effect likely had a lot to do with that top-notch efficiency, but Matthew Stafford is no scrub and was also able to connect with Tate at a similar 69.8 percent clip over four and a half years. While it would be foolish to expect the 33-year-old Amendola to garner the 120-plus targets Tate saw - especially on a Detroit team that's likely to run more - Amendola could still be a sneaky source of receptions in 2019 and can likely be had for peanuts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Lions in March of 2019.
Signing with Detroit
WRDetroit Lions
March 11, 2019
Amendola is signing a one-year contract with the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The deal includes a $4.5 million guaranteed bae salary, with incentives creating a max value of $5.75 million, per Rapoport. The 33-year-old slot receiver needed just three days to find a new team after he was released by the Dolphins on Friday. It's hard to argue with the fit in Detroit, where Amendola can slide right in as the No. 3 receiver while Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones work outside. Matthew Stafford will be a significant upgrade on Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, but it isn't the best situation for Amendola to see a high volume of targets, considering Golladay and Jones demand a sizable portion of the workload in an offense that seems to be moving in a run-first direction under new coordinator Darrell Bevell.
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How do Danny Amendola's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
36.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.81
 
% Team Air Yards
16.0%
 
% Team Targets
18.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.6%
 
Drop Rate
1.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Danny Amendola's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
190 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.58 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.25 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.81 sec
 
Vertical Jump
27.5 in
 
Broad Jump
103 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
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Amendola, who was lured away from AFC East rival New England, seems most likely to fill the slot position left vacant by Jarvis Landry's trade. The 32-year-old flashed at times with the Patriots, including a 26-348-2 stat line during New England's last three playoff games, but he's often struggled to stay healthy when tasked with a heavy workload. There's some PPR utility to be had if Amendola can avoid injury in Miami, but it's worth remembering that the 32-year-old has never eclipsed 700 receiving yards in a season.
Originally scheduled to make $6 million this coming season, Amendola agreed to a reduced contract to remain with the Patriots. It's not the first time Amendola has restructured his deal to stay in New England, and retaining him gives the team valuable depth and experience that will pay dividends with Julian Edelman out for the season. Amendola, who turns 32 in November, caught 23 of 29 targets for 243 yards and four TDs in 12 games for New England this past season, but despite the lack of volume in his opportunities, he displayed a knack for moving the chains at key junctures. Amendola's profile in the Patriots' 2017 offense is bound to expand in the wake of Edelman's injury. Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan now head the New England wideout corps and the emerging Malcolm Mitchell is on hand, but Amendola is now in a position to make his mark in PPR formats, even if the Patriots manage his snap count to some degree.
Amendola might be the Patriots' No. 2 receiver on paper, but it's hard to get excited about a player who's never scored more than three touchdowns or eclipsed eight yards per target in a season. At 5-11, 190, Amendola is shifty and quick but not fast (4.58 40), and he's neither a downfield nor red-zone threat. Should he retain his role as the team's No. 2, he'll have some PPR value, especially after Tom Brady returns from a four-game suspension. But he has only modest upside, even if Julian Edelman were to get hurt, and free-agent signee Chris Hogan will push him for targets. Amendola underwent a procedure on his left knee this offseason, but at press time he's expected to be completely healthy before the start of the year.
While Amendola was signed by the Patriots prior to the 2013 offseason to be the successor to Wes Welker, it was Julian Edelman who emerged as the team’s high-volume wide receiver option. After catching 54 passes in 2013, Amendola caught just 27 passes (on 42 targets) last season while serving as the team’s No. 3 wideout behind Edelman and Brandon LaFell. Nonetheless, a late-season uptick in Amendola’s production that carried into the postseason helped him remain in the team’s plans, an arrangement secured by agreement on a restructured contract for three years and $12.75 million this offseason. In his role working behind Edelman and LaFell, Amendola’s fantasy upside remains modest as the coming season approaches, but he would be a candidate for added targets in the event of an injury to either of the team’s top two wideouts, in particular one affecting Edelman.
Signed to be the successor to Wes Welker, Amendola spent most of the year playing through a lingering groin injury and later suffered a concussion. As a result he played only 12 games and saw Julian Edelman take his role. Injuries are nothing new for Amendola – he missed 22 games over the four prior seasons, too. He’s supposedly healthy now though, participating in spring OTA’s and reportedly “feeling great.” At 5-11, 195, Amendola’s a quick, shifty possession receiver, but like Welker he doesn’t have much long speed (4.58 40). It’ll be interesting to see how the targets shake out between him and Edelman as both have similar skill sets and could prove redundant, especially if Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski stay reasonable healthy.
No player upgraded his environment quite as much as Amendola this offseason. Arriving in New England, Amendola immediately finds himself as Tom Brady's No. 1 wide receiver, with little competition for targets from two largely unheralded rookies, among others. Amendola himself is injury prone, having missed 22 games the last four seasons, and, at 5-11, 186, it's hard to see him scoring much more than Wes Welker (six TDs) did last year. But at 27, and with as much quickness and more long speed than his predecessor, Amendola has a good chance to excel in his current role.
The small, scrappy Amendola caught 86 balls in 2010, but elbow and triceps injuries cost him most of last season. At 5-11, 186, and more quick than fast, Amendola typically operates out of the slot, brings in short passes and doesn’t do a whole lot after the catch. That said, Sam Bradford seemed to trust him during his rookie year, and that’s worth something in PPR leagues. Don’t expect big yardage numbers or touchdowns, however. At press time, Amendola declared himself 100 percent healthy, so it looks like last year’s injuries are behind him.
After the Rams lost both Donnie Avery and Mark Clayton for the year, they had to turn to somebody, and that happened to be their kick returner, Amendola. Amendola acquitted himself as best he could under the circumstances, but the shifty 5-11, 186-pounder really wasn't suited to being anyone's top target. His per play averages – 8.1 YPC, 5.6 YPT – were easily last among the 31 100-target receivers, and despite 20 red-zone targets and 10 targets from inside the 10, he scored just three touchdowns. Heading into 2011, Amendola's 85 receptions probably guarantee him a significant role in the passing game. But Avery should be back, Mike Sims-Walker was signed, and Danario Alexander has much more upside. Moreover, the team drafted Austin Pettis in the second and Greg Salas in the fourth round, respectively.
Heads into training camp as the primary punt and kick returner as well as the club's No. 4 wide receiver. However, a lot could change as competition will be stiff at both positions and Amendola could find himself on the outside looking in when all is said and done.
Amendola is unlikely to make the team, so he looks destined for the practice squad.
Likely practice squad resident.
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Cut loose by Dolphins
WRFree Agent
March 8, 2019
The Dolphins have released Amendola, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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Could be released
WRMiami Dolphins
February 20, 2019
The Dolphins aren't certain to retain Amendola ahead of the 2019 season, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
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Caps season with quiet performance
WRMiami Dolphins
December 30, 2018
Amendola nabbed four of five targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills. He finishes up the year with 59 receptions for 575 yards and one touchdown.
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Returns to full practice
WRMiami Dolphins
December 27, 2018
Amendola (knee) returned to a full practice Thursday.
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Sits out practice
WRMiami Dolphins
Knee
December 26, 2018
Amendola (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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