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Amendola helping new wideouts to understand what Brady's looking for

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Amendola helping new wideouts to understand what Brady's looking for

BOSTON -- After undergoing offseason knee and ankle surgeries, Danny Amendola is one of the Patriots players who has not been spotted at any of the team's OTA or minicamp practices open to the media. 

Though he says it's been difficult for him to sit out, Amendola has kept up on things by watching tape of the sessions that he has missed. He's also put in time with the new faces of the receiving group, helping them to absorb all the information that's being thrown their way at this point in the offseason. 

Amendola's experience makes him a logical tutor. He's going into his fourth season in New England, and he has put in more game-day snaps with Tom Brady than any current Patriots receiver not named Julian Edelman. 

"I do all I can to help them in any way, whether it be showing them how to run a route, or a concept of what Tom might be thinking, or just what I've learned over the last couple of years myself," Amendola said before his Celebrity Waiter Night on Monday. "They have a good idea of what to expect, and they've ben doing a great job."

Understanding what Brady might be thinking could be an invlauable resource for newcomers like Chris Hogan, Nate Washington and rookies Malcolm Mitchell and Devin Lucien. Because the Patriots offense is so predicated on Brady and his receivers reading defenses in a similar fashion, understanding Brady's thought process can make or break a wideout's chances with the club. 

Despite being hampered by inury during portions of his Patriots career, Amendola has long had a well-established connection with Brady. That was on display last year, Amendola's best in New England, when he caught 72 passes for 705 yards. He also snagged a team-high 79.1 percent of the targets Brady sent his way. 

Whenever Amendola is able to be back on the field -- and there is optimism he'll be good to go for training camp -- Brady will have one of his more trusted weapons available to him.

NHL Power Rankings: Getting back to business after All-Star break

NHL Power Rankings: Getting back to business after All-Star break

The time is nigh for the sellers and the buyers to get selling and buying ahead of next month’s NHL trade deadline.

Teams like the Capitals, Blues, Bruins, Penguins, Avs, Islanders, Stars and Canucks will be buying as they get ready for the Stanley Cup playoffs after building a strong seasonal body of work through the NHL All-Star break.

Meanwhile, other teams like the Devils, Kings, Senators, Red Wings and Ducks will be selling off assets and they could very soon be joined by other teams like the Rangers and Sharks that are on the fence with some heavy duty assets like Chris Kreider, Joe Thornton and Brenden Dillon who will create a stir when they become available.

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It will be what happens over the next couple of weeks that will create that landscape ahead of the late February trade deadline as teams either solidify their playoff hopes or get their dreams dashed once and for all this season.

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Tedy Bruschi gives his prediction on where Tom Brady will play next season

Tedy Bruschi gives his prediction on where Tom Brady will play next season

It's hard to fathom Tom Brady playing for an NFL team not named the New England Patriots, but it's a possibility with the 42-year-old quarterback's contract expiring in March.

Brady and the Patriots could come to an agreement on a new deal before that point, but he does have the ability for the first time in his career to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

One of Brady's former teammates, Tedy Bruschi, was asked to predict on Wednesday's episode of "NFL Live" on ESPN where the six-time Super Bowl champion will play in the 2020 season. The former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN NFL analyst predicted Brady will return to Foxboro.

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Check out his take in the video below.

For what it's worth, DraftKings has pegged the Patriots as -335 betting favorites to be the team Brady plays for in Week 1 next season.

Many other players, both active and retired, have weighed in on Brady's future.

Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu hopes Brady takes his talents to the NFC. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward also is hoping Brady leaves the Patriots because "he's terrorized the AFC enough." 

But perhaps the most interesting take on Brady's future came from San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana. The Hall of Fame quarterback's advice for Brady was to not leave the Patriots. He stressed that transitioning to a new team is not an easy task.

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