Philadelphia Eagles

Danny Amendola Passed the Audition... Just Not For the Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 3:  Danny Amendola #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles dodges defenders during the game against the New York Jets on September 3, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Haran KnightCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2009

Timing is everything, especially in the NFL. Example: If the Eagles signed wide receiver Danny Amendola as an undrafted free agent last year and he had the preseason he had this year, he’d probably make the regular season roster.

Unfortunately, the Eagles picked him up this offseason. This is the first time in Andy Reid’s tenure as head coach that the Birds had too many talented receivers. With Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant, DeSean Jackson, and rookie Jeremy Maclin locking up roster spots already, Amendola had a tough battle with Hank Baskett, Reggie Brown and rookie Brandon Gibson.

Amendola had a productive preseason as both a receiver and punt returner, but it just wasn’t enough. While I didn’t want to see him go, I’m glad Philly’s front office finally had the option to of making such a touch decision after years of Todd Pinkston, Freddie Mitchell, James Thrash and Billy McMullen.

I would like to see Amendola on the practice squad. But that’s just not going to happen. There are 31 other organizations that watched what he can do and many of them could use a young up-and-coming talent with Wes Welker-esque potential.

Danny Amendola should be in an NFL uniform next week for Kickoff Weekend, just not in Philadelphia.

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