Brady calls Amendola 'uncoverable' - 'He's getting away from people no matter what the route'


Brady calls Amendola 'uncoverable' - 'He's getting away from people no matter what the route'

FOXBORO -- Danny Amendola couldn't hold back his smile. 

The Patriots receiver had just been told by a reporter that Tom Brady, moments earlier, referred to him as "uncoverable." There may be no greater compliment for someone who plays Amendola's position. 

"Whatever Tom says," Amendola replied, beaming.

Brady had a point. Amendola has caught 23 of the 27 targets sent his way this season, and among receivers with at least 20 targets this season, Amendola has the league's best catch percentage.

He's on pace for an 86-catch, 1,000-yard season -- both of which would be career-highs.

"He’s had such a great year," Brady said. "I mean, I can’t say enough good things about Danny and everything he’s meant to our offense. I mean, he’s so tough and, to me, he’s uncoverable. You turn on the tape, he’s getting away from people, no matter what the route, no matter who’s on him, no matter what’s called, leverage, distance of the route."

With Julian Edelman out, Amendola has been on the receiving end of some of Brady's quicker-hitting passes. He's also become one of Brady's security blankets in gotta-have-it spots, converting seven third downs in four games played, which is tied (with Rob Gronkowski, Larry Fitzgerald and others) for fourth-most in the league.  



"I think Danny’s kind of always found his role in the things we’ve asked him to do," Brady said. "He’s still in that role, and he’s doing a great job of it. I mean, he’s doing as good as he possibly can. I don’t think anyone could do better than what Danny’s doing."

Against Tampa Bay, Amendola caught all eight of his official targets for 77 yards and he picks up five first downs. He also returned three punts for 51 yards, and his 40-yard return may have gone for more had he not been run into by teammate Brandon Bolden.

"I thought Danny gave us a lot of critical plays in the game," Bill Belichick said on Friday. "He gave us punt returns, some catches and he blocked well. He had a couple of key blocks in the running game, as well, so I thought he really did a solid job for us in all the areas, in all of the things that he was asked to do, which he usually does. He's one of our best and most dependable players."

Brady clearly feels the same way about the 5-foot-10, 185-pound pass-catcher.

"He’s just been so great for us this year," Brady said. "I’m going to try to keep finding him because when you have that kind of trust, when you see it play after play after play -- you know, you’re the quarterback. You’ve got one ball. It goes to the guy who’s open, and Danny’s always finding a way to get open."

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.