A former New England Patriots’ fan favorite and key cog of two Super Bowl championship teams is commencing his coaching career in Sin City.
Per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, former wide receiver Danny Amendola is joining Josh McDaniels’ coaching staff in Las Vegas. Amendola will work with the returners and assist wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett at the pass-catching position.
Amendola has officially been added to the Raiders’ coaching staff on the team website.
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Amendola played in the NFL from 2009 to 2021, beginning his career with the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams. In 2013, Amendola signed with the New England Patriots after star slot receiver Wes Welker bolted for the rival Denver Broncos.
Though Julian Edelman wound up stepping in as Brady’s new WR1 and replacement for Welker, Amendola also became a viable piece of New England’s offense. Nicknamed “Playoff Amendola” because of his knack for coming up clutch in the postseason, Amendola had 57 receptions for 709 yards and six touchdowns in 13 playoff games.
Amendola helped the Patriots to Super Bowl 49 and Super Bowl 51 victories over the Seattle Seahwks and Atlanta Falcons, respectively. The Pats also reached Super Bowl 52 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite the 41-33 loss, Amendola finished with eight receptions for a game-high 152 yards.
Amendola then signed with the rival Miami Dolphins in 2018 free agency. After one season there, he played two years for the Detroit Lions before joining the Houston Texans for his final NFL season in 2021.
Like Welker, the current Dolphins’ receivers coach, Amendola is now entering the world of coaching after a stellar playing career.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.