Danny Amendola was the biggest free-agent acquisition this offseason for good reason. For right or wrong, he was dubbed Wes Welker's replacement and has had to live up to those lofty expectations ever since he signed on the dotted line.
Amendola's injury history was a big concern to those used to Welker's durability, and he certainly hasn't gotten off to a great start in New England.
Problems struck in Week 1, when Amendola left the game with a groin injury, leaving Patriots Nation collectively sighing and longing for Welker. But Amendola was able to return to the game and came through with some spectacular catches, including two third-down conversions on the game-winning drive.
He would finish the game with 10 catches for 104 yards but would miss the next three games with the groin injury. He returned in Week 5 and had four catches against the Bengals but would sustain a concussion against the Saints and missed the Jets game.
Amendola has had just nine catches in the three games he's played in since Week 1, and though he appears to be nearly fully recovered from the groin injury, it's clear that he's still trying to find his stride.
Amendola might never be Wes Welker, but the Patriots desperately need the kind of play he flashed in Week 1. The injury concerns that existed before he arrived in Foxboro appear to be valid, but now, with one game until the bye week, it's time for Amendola to live up to his potential and finally get back on track.