Quick-hit thoughts around the NFL and with the Patriots: 1. One of the offensive plays that stood out from the Patriots' most recent practice was quarterback Tom Brady firing a low touchdown strike to tumbling receiver Danny Amendola just over the goal line in red zone drills. It was a very tight window in which to throw, the type of play which those watching Brady have come to expect over the years but still makes one marvel because there are few quarterbacks who can duplicate it. The play summed up two primary thoughts from watching two Patriots practices the past two weeks – Brady is still ripping it, and Amendola once again looks like the player who caught the eye in these practices last year. For Amendola, the question remains the same as it has in recent years: Does that change, and do the injuries continue once the pads come on?