In five NFL seasons, Danny Amendola has only played a full 16-game season one time (2010). Since then, he has played in one (2011), 11 (2012) and 12 (2013) games. I see the positive trend continuing in 2014, with Amendola playing in each of the New England Patriots games.
Unlike at the start of last season, Amendola is not the only true option at Tom Brady's disposal. The overworked Amendola gutted it out against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 of the 2013 season, but he paid the price the rest of the year.
With the emergence of Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson, along with the promise of Josh Boyce and Jeremy Gallon, the onus for moving the chains won't fall on any one pair of shoulders. Boyce, Gallon and perhaps undrafted free agent Roy Finch will also eliminate the need to see Amendola on special teams, eliminating another possible injury vector.
If all you think of when you see the name Amendola is a hobbled player, go look at the Bills tape again. Before tearing his groin, he was tearing up Buffalo. Look for the same in 2014.