The hands that cradle Olivia Culpo to sleep every night are the same hands that have managed to drop the 2nd fewest amount of footballs in the NFL since 2015. In that time frame, Amendola has had 133 targets and 105 catches, for a combined 1,038 yards and eight touchdowns. Of those 28 non-catches, only five were counted as catch-able footballs.
Though perpetually nicked up and unable to rack up huge stat lines, Amendola has developed into a trusted target whose reliable hands do not falter in big moments (Ahem Wes Welker in the 2011 Super Bowl).
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What Amendola lacks in statistical production, he more than makes up with his biological gift of the clutch gene (Thanks Mama and Papa Dola). In last year’s Super Bowl Amendola managed to convert a key 4th down, score a touchdown, and muscle his way into the end zone for a game tying 2-point conversion, which just happened to be a defining moment in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Amendola’s low drop rate and his ability to shine in big moments is undoubtedly the reason why he has been able to stick around with the Patriots for what will be his fifth season….and you know, the fact that he is constantly willing to restructure his contract for pennies on the dollar because he just loves Tom Brady and Julian Edelman so much…and oh yea…Super Bowls…..I forgot to mention all of the Super Bowls.