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What Danny Amendola thinks about Malcolm Butler's Super Bowl benching

What Danny Amendola thinks about Malcolm Butler's Super Bowl benching

Danny Amendola, a newly-minted Miami Dolphin, opened up about Bill Belichick's decision to bench Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl LII.

In an exclusive interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, Amendola weighed in on the puzzling situation.

"I have my thoughts about it because I was out there putting my blood, sweat and tears out on the field that night, and one of our best players wasn't on the field," Amendola told ESPN. "To tell you the truth, I don't know why. I did ask, but I didn't get any answers. I can't make decisions like that, so I don't necessarily worry about it, but I know Malcolm is a great player and he could have helped us win. For whatever reason, he wasn't out there. He's going to play more football in his career, and he's going to be a great player for a long time."

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Butler spent the entire season as the team's No. 1 or No. 2 cornerback, and logged 97 percent of New England's defensive snaps. But he didn't get a single defensive snap in Super Bowl LII, and got just one snap on special teams. The reason for the benching was a football decision, according to Belichick and Butler.

In a game where the winner was determined on the final possession, it's fair to wonder whether Butler might have changed the outcome of the game. Butler seemed to think he could have. Amendola was asked if he sensed Butler's benching hurt his Patriots teammates.

"Yeah, I did, honestly," Amendola told ESPN. "Nobody really got an explanation for it. He's a brother of ours. He was a brother of ours that year. And I hate to see a guy who worked so hard throughout the season not get a chance to play in the biggest game of the year and really get no explanation for it. With that said, I don't know how the business aspect went into that decision. I don't know how the personal aspect went into that decision between him and Bill. But as a friend, I would have loved to see him on the field that day."

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Watch Patriots go crazy when Bill Belichick declares a "Victory Monday" after win vs. Eagles

Watch Patriots go crazy when Bill Belichick declares a "Victory Monday" after win vs. Eagles

The New England Patriots won a hard-fought game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and head coach Bill Belichick rewarded his players with their first "Victory Monday" of the season.

"Victory Monday" means a day off, and while few things are better than a huge win in Philly, a free Monday is right up there.

The reaction to Belichick's declaration of a "Victory Monday" was pretty amazing, and the Patriots released a video of the moment on their website Monday (click the link in the tweet below).

Even though the players did not have to show up at Gillette Stadium on Monday, it's no surprise that many of them did anyway. One player who was present, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, was quarterback Tom Brady. 

The Patriots' 17-10 victory at Lincoln Financial Field helped them stay above the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The toughest stretch of the Patriots' regular season schedule continues Sunday when the defending Super Bowl champs host another talented NFC East team, the Dallas Cowboys, for a Week 12 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

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Watch Devin McCourty fire up Patriots teammates with speech before Eagles game

Watch Devin McCourty fire up Patriots teammates with speech before Eagles game

Devin McCourty had the Patriots ready for battle before their victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

New England's veteran safety fired up his teammates with a phenomenal pregame speech that shows they had a chip on their shoulder after suffering their first loss of the season in Week 9.

"This is a real one," McCourty said. "It's just us today, for real. No one likes us, but we came here with one mission ..."

Watch the full speech below:

The result was a 17-10 victory thanks to another dominant effort from the Patriots defense.

Next up on the docket is a matchup with the Dallas Cowboys (6-4) at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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