Patriots’ Bill Belichick praises Danny Amendola following receiver’s retirement

Patriots’ Bill Belichick praises Danny Amendola following receiver’s retirement

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Two-time Super Bowl Champion Danny Amendola hung up the cleats on Monday after 13 seasons in the NFL.

Amendola started his career with the then-St. Louis Rams, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009. After four seasons there, Amendola spent five years in New England with the Patriots, winning two rings in Super Bowls XLIX and LI.

The receiver was the perfect compliment to Bill Belichick’s constantly stalwart offense led by Tom Brady, and Belichick noted that he could do just about everything he was asked.

Danny Amendola #80 and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Danny Amendola #80 and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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“I love Danny. He was a very good player for us, had a lot of skill, mostly played inside, but could play outside,” Belichick told reporters on Tuesday at training camp. “Could return, very smart, tough, dependable, great hands and concentration.

“He was a good football player. Glad we had him here, and he certainly was a big contributor for us while he was here for the most part — I mean he missed a little time, but he was out there every chance he could be. He was tough, and he was — he’s a good football player.”

DANNY AMENDOLA, 2-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION, RETIRES AFTER 13 SEASONS

Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots congratulates Danny Amendola #80 after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots congratulates Danny Amendola #80 after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Belichick said Amendola “ranked high” in the group of productive receivers the Patriots have had over the years, comparing him to some of New England’s best.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have some good players at that position. Troy [Brown] — as good as it could be. Hard to match Troy, and it is hard to match Troy, it’s really impossible, but Wes [Welker] did a great job for us, Danny came in, Julian [Edelman], Jakobi [Meyers], guys that have played in that spot have been different, but they’ve all been productive, and they’ve all brought some of the same common characteristics to the inside receiver position. It’s been a very productive spot for us through the years, through a lot of different types of plays, quarterbacks, play calls, defenses. We’ve been very fortunate with the players that we’ve had here, but Danny certainly is ranked high in that group.”

Now, the last man standing from the Pats’ dynasty is none other than Brady, who came back from retirement after less than two months.

Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots reacts before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots reacts before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

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In 163 career games, he made 617 receptions for 6,212 yards and 24 touchdowns, and he caught a touchdown in each of his Super Bowl victories. With New England, he caught 230 balls, 12 of them for scores, for 2,383 yards.

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