FOXBORO -- Danny Amendola missed all of training camp, and he will have only practiced four times with the Patriots leading up to New England's Week 1 matchup with Arizona, but he believes he's ready to play.
"I feel good," he said on Tuesday. "I’ve been preparing a lot. I feel strong, feel fast, so I’m ready to roll."
After undergoing knee and ankle procedures in the offseason, Amendola began training camp on the physically unable to perform list and remained there throughout the summer. Despite doing extensive conditioning work, he never donned a helmet or pads, and he never took part in team drills.
When the Patriots trimmed their roster to 53 players, Amendola was not placed on the reserve/PUP list, meaning he was activated and eligible to begin practicing. The eight-year veteran practiced with his teammates for the first time on Sunday and was back out on the field Tuesday for more work.
Amendola explained that even though he missed all four Patriots preseason games -- reps he would've liked to have -- he should be ready for game action regardless.
"Those are live reps, and those are reps that I value," he said. "I love playing every rep whether it be in practice or in a game or in a preseason game or whatever. I'm going to work extra hard this week, every week just to get ready, get my body ready for the opener."
He added: "I've played a lot of football in my life so I know the tempo and the speed of the game so I'm ready to get out there."