Danny Amendola has been Mr. Clutch on 3rd down for Patriots
Danny Amendola has been extremely clutch for the Patriots on 3rd down this season
Danny Amendola's number hasn't been called a whole lot this season, but when it has the wide out has risen to the occasion at crucial times of the game.
He's been Mr. Clutch on third down for the Patriots seeing most of his targets occurring on the critical down. Ten of his 16 targets this season have come on third down catching seven of them for 108 yards averaging 15.4 yards per reception.
On 3rd and under 9 (including some 4th and short work), he's caught 4 of the 5 passes thrown to him for 47 yards.
Once you get beyond 10+ yards on 3rd down, Amendola has logged 3 catches on his five targets for 61 yards with an astonishing 20.3 yards per catch.
Amendola has been able to extend drives with his play on 3rd down matching five of his 10 targets for first downs.
He's also been perfect in the red zone this year catching all three of his looks for two touchdowns.
A big third down conversion came on 3rd and 15 late in the second half in the season opener against Arizona where Jimmy Garoppolo found Amendola for the first down that eventually led to the game winning field goal.
He was also effective in the Miami game, finding an ability to get open on third down plays.
What the Patriots preach is consistency, being reliable and when you number is called to rise to the moment. For Amendola, his niche in this offense that's littered with talent is to be the guy who Tom Brady can look to in crunch time and make a play.
He's shown time and again that he's capable of doing it, so when New England finds themselves on 3rd down needing a first, you best believe Amendola will be a main target.
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