New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola needs to get tougher

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Amendola has been an overpaid New Englander.

Brittle New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola claims his “learning curve” has been much simpler this training camp.

Amendola, who inked a five-year contract worth $28.5 million with New England in March 2013 to replace the dynamic Wes Welker, was again plagued by various ailments all last season.

Fortunately, although an invisible man in January’s 26-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship, Amendola didn’t require offseason surgery to fix his torn adductor longus tendon.

“I feel very comfortable right now,” said Amendola, 28, who Tom Brady will target third behind Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

Undrafted out of Texas Tech University in 2008, the 5-foot-11, 188-pound Amendola has missed 25 games due to a vast array of wounds since 2011.

An elusive player with very good hands and vision, the former Red Raider recorded 54 catches for 633 yards and two scores over 12 contests as a Patriot.

Comparatively, the 33-year-old Welker had 73 receptions for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games.

Strictly because Brady can successfully throw a pigskin to an alligator, New England featured the league’s third premier attack and Edelman became a quasi-star.

Hence, despite swapping a standout weapon for a liability, the Patriots finished 12-4 and again captured the AFC East crown.

Injuries are commonplace in a collision sport that’s predicated off of violence.

So, it’s somewhat unfair to criticize Amendola for being delicate.

Still, Amendola is a human chandelier and New England should have clipped him to pocket $1.375 million against the cap.

Now a sophomore Patriot, Danny Amendola has 28.5 million reasons to remain on the gridiron this autumn in Foxborough.

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