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Perhaps the most vital thing for the Patriots offense this offseason was for Tom Brady to begin to develop some chemistry with his new wide receivers, specifically veteran Danny Amendola, the most experienced and talented of all the new faces.
The good news is that Brady and Amendola seem to have a growing connection. It was most visible when Amendola made a site-adjustment to a route that won Brady's praise. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald observed:
From across the field, Tom Brady’s short completion to Danny Amendola seemed like a routine play at yesterday’s minicamp practice. Brady took the snap in 11-on-11 work, peered right and quickly buzzed the ball into Amendola’s hands as the slot receiver found a spot in an open zone, gaining a handful of yards. No big deal, it seemed, until Brady got fired up about the job Amendola did to dissect the coverage at the same speed as Brady and run the route to get open. It’s that timing and quick thinking that make receivers successful with Brady, and the quarterback was ecstatic after the play.
Brady and Amendola should be a devastating combo if they can get on the same page, and it seems like their work this spring is starting to pay off.
The true test will be in game situations, but the Pats need Amendola to be their new Wes Welker, and anything less will result in the offense regressing from their continued dominance of the last decade.