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August 17, 2013

Amendola wows Pats fans in Foxboro debut

Amendola wows Pats fans in Foxboro debut

FOXBORO — No one say the words “Wes Welker” yet.

No, seriously. I know you want to. Don’t say it. Resist the temptation.

It’s much, much too early to make a comparison to W_s W___er. (See, I followed my own rule.)

But really, how good did the connection between Danny Amendola and Tom Brady look last night?

Yes, it was only a quarter. Sure, it was only a preseason game. And yes, it was against a Tampa Bay squad that, let’s face it, no one is picking for the Super Bowl.

But there is no sense in denying what occurred on the Gillette Stadium turf last night.

Brady and Amendola were locked in.

The veteran QB and his new No. 1 receiver needed just two possessions to light up the stat sheet and the scoreboard during the Patriots’ 25-21 victory over the Buccaneers last night.

“Danny is the leader at this position now and he looked very good,” said receiver/special teamer Matthew Slater. “He has worked very hard. He’s a veteran and he knows we need him now.

“And Tom is Tom. He’s a little important to us.”

Amendola looked perfectly comfortable in his new role, grabbing six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. He was the primary target for Brady, who delivered another masterful evening, completing 11 of his 12 attempts for 107 yards and the one score. That after they hooked up once for 6 yards in Week 1.

Both played just two possessions before their day was over. But it was two very, very impressive drives.

“We wanted to start fast and I thought we made some plays and got some really good work in,” said Amendola. “We got on the board early, which felt good. We’re working every day to get there (on the same page as Brady) and I feel like we are making good strides.”

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