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Report: Mutual interest between Danny Amendola, Patriots

Report: Mutual interest between Danny Amendola, Patriots

A Danny Amendola/Patriots reunion is looking like a real possibility.

Only two days after it was reported Amendola would be interested in returning to New England, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports the interest is mutual.

Amendola, 33, spent the 2018 season with the Dolphins and was released on Friday. He played in 15 games for Miami, tallying 59 receptions for 575 yards and one touchdown.

It's no surprise there's mutual interest considering the Patriots' lack of depth at the wide receiver position, plus the contributions Amendola made during his five-year tenure in New England.

NFL free agency begins on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady admits he revels in pissing off defenses by running

Patriots QB Tom Brady admits he revels in pissing off defenses by running

The New England Patriots might have gone an entire game without scoring a touchdown if quarterback Tom Brady hadn't scrambled for a first down on a 3rd-and-three situation in the second quarter.

It was Brady's third and final series of Thursday night's preseason matchup against the Panthers at Gillette Stadium. The 42-year-old quarterback picked up the first down using his legs, and eight plays later fullback James Develin ended the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run that led to a 10-3 victory.

"I think those plays are important," Brady said when asked about keeping plays alive with his feet. "To get a first-down conversion on me scrambling, I'm sure the defensive coordinator is like, 'What the heck? This is not -- you know, we've got to stop (Julian) Edelman, we've got to stop (James White), we've got to stop the run game, we've got to stop these great players.'

"And all of a sudden, Brady for a scramble. That's got to piss him off pretty good. So, I revel in that. Hopefully, I can do that once a game -- I think I'd be good with that -- and if they give me an opportunity, I'll take it. It's just, I don't think it would be much more than four of five yards."

You can tell Brady takes great pride in his ability to extend plays with his footwork. He's never been a mobile quarterback, but few players at his position are more effective at moving around in the pocket to evade pressure and deliver an accurate pass.

The Patriots have a great rushing attack led by Sony Michel and a deep group of running backs. Brady probably won't need to pick up yards with his legs too often this season, but he's clearly going to take advantage of any opportunities that arise.

After all, he's got to keep his status a 1,000-yard rusher intact.

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Patriots 53-man roster projection 7.0: Loading up at wide receiver

Patriots 53-man roster projection 7.0: Loading up at wide receiver

In Phil Perry's last 53-man Patriots roster projection, Phillip Dorsett was on the chopping block while young receivers Jakobi Meyers and Braxton Berrios found their way onto the roster.

But after Thursday night's game against the Panthers, things have changed. Tom Brady's chemistry with Dorsett was apparent as the solid yet unspectacular wideout had seven catches on the night.

With questions at the position, having a trusted option for Brady is crucial, as Tom E. Curran explained Friday.

Dorsett's push for a roster spot isn't the only new development, as Brandon King reported season-ending injury opens up another spot. So how do things shake out with one preseason game left? 

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