FOXBORO -- Danny Amendola didn't see a single snap in training camp or preseason play, but he and Jimmy Garoppolo showed good chemistry in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Dolphins.
The pair connected four times for 50 yards and two touchdowns before Garoppolo was forced from the game with a shoulder injury. Amendola has seen just 39 snaps over the course of the first two games, an indication that the Patriots are trying to work him into game action at a steady pace, and in that time he has caught seven passes on eight targets for 98 yards.
Coming back off of ankle and knee procedures performed in the offseason, Amendola said on Monday that he's feeling good.
"I feel comfortable," Amendola said. "The speed of the game is exactly what I've been preparing for all summer and all camp. Not necessarily with the guys on the field, but in my own way. I feel comfortable out there. I feel ready to go."
The possibility exists that Amendola will be one of the receivers counted on by rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett on Thursday night to help Brissett deal with the speed of his first NFL start.
Garoppolo has not been ruled out for the game with the Texans, however, and Amendola said that he won't assume Garoppolo will have to miss time with his injury.
"He's a competitor," said Amendola. "He'll do whatever he can around the clock to get ready for this week and whenever he's going to play next. He's a tough kid . . . and he's Italian so I don't count him out."