The Houston Texans have made another addition to their wide receiving corps. On Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that the Texans are signing veteran wideout Danny Amendola to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. He returns home in a way, as he played his high school ball at The Woodlands, and his college ball at Texas Tech.
Amendola most recently played for the Detroit Lions. In two seasons, he caught 108 passes for 1,280 yards and one touchdown. He will most likely be remembered from his days with the New England Patriots, with whom he won two Super Bowls. In five seasons with the Pats, he caught 230 passes for 2,383 yards and 12 touchdowns, and also fielded 85 punts.
After going undrafted in 2008, he got a shot with the Dallas Cowboys, but was kept on the practice squad. He then was given another opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles, but they kept him on their practice squad as well. Amendola then broke through with the St. Louis Rams, who signed him off of Philly’s taxi team in 2009. He started in two of 14 games that season, but his best year came the following season, when he caught a career-high 85 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns. Amendola signed with the Patriots ahead of the 2013 season, and played some of his best ball with Tom Brady quarterbacking.
Amendola also stepped up many times for New England in the postseason — especially in his final season with the Pats in 2017. He caught 11 passes for 112 yards against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round, seven passes for 84 yards and two scores in the AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and eight passes for a whopping 152 yards in Super Bowl LII against his former team in the Eagles.