Brady, Gronkowski help put on a show at Amendola's Celebrity Waiter Night

Brady, Gronkowski help put on a show at Amendola's Celebrity Waiter Night

BOSTON -- Just before Danny Amendola led his teammates into the dining area of Towne Stove and Spirits for his annual Celebrity Waiter Night, he was asked for a scouting report on one of his teammate's capabilities as a server.

"Probably wine everywhere," Amendola said matter-of-factly, referring to tight end Rob Gronkowski. 

At least the meals won't be spiked, though, right?

"I can't promise that," Amendola answered. "But I told him to behave tonight."

Moments later, Amendola and several of his teammates kicked off the event -- Amendola's third Celebrity Waiter Night in Boston -- by signing autographs, taking pictures, and helping to auction off some in-demand items. In all, $210,00 was raised for Amendola's Catches for Kids Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of low-income children and families in need. 

"The most rewarding part is just to see the kids' faces when they get to meet my teammates or come to training camp, or we go to Walmart and get them supplies and things like that," Amendola said. "It's rewarding to meet the kids and to know that we can actually help them. It's fun."

Amendola and Gronkowski were joined by teammates Tom Brady, Julian Edelman (who went without the walking boot he's been seen wearing since undergoing offseason foot surgery), Martellus Bennett, Jimmy Garoppolo, Chris Hogan, Chris Long, Brandon Bolden, Ryan Allen, Chris Harper and Joe Vellano.

Brady took an active role in helping to auction off two signed jerseys for over $4,000 as the winners also received signed footballs thrown to them from across the room by the Patriots quarterback. When one winner dropped his, Brady sent Gronkowski over for an impromptu receiving lesson.

Amendola was at Brady's Best Buddies Football Challenge earlier this month, and he also participates in Long's Waterboys Initiative. He explained that it's no surprise to see so many teammates show up for events like his on Monday.

"We do a lot for each other, whether it be on the football field or whether it be in Boston and giving back to each other's foundations," he said. "We love to support all we can. That's ultimately why we play." 

He added: "We're really good friends. We spend so much time together, and we love one another. We're family members. To support them and to give back to their foundations, what they love to do is important just as it is to workout out together and try to play good football. To give back to the community and be a staple in the community has always been our No. 1 goal. That's why we're here."

For more about Amendola's Catches for Kids Foundation, you can visit

Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

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Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

Johnny Manziel said 10 days ago, "I'd go to New England in a heartbeat," when asked about the Patriots as a potential landing spot.

That seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but they're taking a look at him...along with 12 other NFL teams, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. 

Tom Brady's current backup Brian Hoyer is, like Manziel, an ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback. Manziel would again be competing with Hoyer for the Pats' No. 2 job should New England take a chance on "Johnny Football", the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, who's been out of football the past two years because of substance abuse and emotional problems.

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman had it at 12 teams watching Manziel work out at the University of San Diego and said the Patriots gave Manziel a weigh-in.


Patriots re-sign offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle

Patriots re-sign offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle

The Patriots have agreed to re-sign offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, his agent Scott Casterline confirmed on Twitter.  Waddle hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year began and made a visit to the Cowboys earlier this week. In the end, though, he chose to return to the team that claimed him off of waivers at the end of the 2015 season.

Waddle, who turns 27 in July, appeared in 12 games last season for the Patriots. He was the first right tackle the Patriots turned to when Marcus Cannon suffered an ankle injury mid-season against the Chargers. He ended up playing 51 snaps against the likes of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram without allowing a sack. He then started the next three games against the Broncos, Raiders and Dolphins and held star rushers Von Miller, Khalil Mack and Cameron Wake -- all of whom rush primarily off of the offensive right -- without a sack. 

Injuries forced Waddle (380 snaps on the season) to split the right tackle position with Cameron Fleming (543 snaps), but he was the primary backup when healthy. Waddle started the Divisional Round playoff game against the Titans but suffered a knee injury and was removed for Fleming. 

Both Fleming and Waddle visited the Cowboys this week, and the fact that Waddle has re-signed with the Patriots may impact Fleming's decision moving forward. 

The Patriots went to great lengths to build tackle depth last season, and adding Waddle to the roster helps them retain some of that depth after losing their left tackle, Nate Solder, to the Giants via free agency. Waddle could be an option on the left side, but the vast majority of his work since entering the league as an undrafted rookie in 2013 has been on the right side. 

The Patriots now have Fleming, Marcus Cannon, Cole Croston, Tony Garcia and Andrew Jelks on their depth chart at tackle. Croston, Garcia and Jelks are all headed into their second years as pros. Croston remained on the 53-man roster all season -- an indication that the Patriots liked him enough not to expose him to the waiver system -- but did not see meaningful snaps. Garcia and Jelks both missed the entirety of the 2017 season on reserve lists. 

Once the Patriots lost Solder to the Giants, it seemed to be of paramount importance that the Patriots re-sign either Waddle or Fleming. Behind Cannon, there were simply too many question marks not to have one return. The Patriots could opt to draft a tackle, but this is considered an average year at that position in that there are few ready-made NFL players and several developmental types.

Before the Super Bowl last season, I asked offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia how the team was able to manage offensively with backups at right tackle for much of the season. 

"It's not like [Fleming and Waddle are] not good players," Scarnecchia said. "They are good players. Their skill set seemed to fit that position pretty well. They have the traits that we covet. And they're both really smart guys, very willing learners, and they're both driven to be good and they want to play good. And I think all those things have manifested themselves when they've been out there playing. And we've been very, very pleased with what they've done for us this year, essentially splitting that position."

Asked about the aspects of the game the Patriots worked on with both Waddle and Fleming last year, Scarnecchia said, "For us it transcends everything. Obviously run-blocking and pass-blocking. They're both good at those things. Are they great at those things? No. But they've been able to steadily improve over the last two years to the point where we put them out there and no one's worried. And it's been that way the whole season after Marcus got hurt. Yeah they've done a nice job for us."