HOUSTON – Danny Amendola didn’t look like a man out of place in a Houston Texans uniform or like a wide receiver in search of timing and chemistry after being added to the list less than a week ago.
The veteran slot wide receiver put in a tough performance on Sunday during its first game with the Texans since signing a $ 2.5 million one-year deal last week.
The Woodlands-born former Texas tech standout and former New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams player caught all five passes from quarterback Tyrod Taylor for 34 yards, including an 8 – Yard touchdown pass with eight seconds remaining in the first half of a 37-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the middle.
The 35-year-old now has 598 career receptions, 5,998 yards and 22 touchdowns.
“If you’ve played that long in this game and have been on this offense before, you’re talking about a player who is a playmaker,” said wide receiver Brandin Cooks, Amendola’s former New England team-mate, who caught five passes for 132 yards. “He’s been a playmaker all his career, no matter where he appeared. He walked in the room, he’ll make an impression right away. A lot of respect for Danny and I think he showed that today too.”
Amendola’s touchdown reinforced the Texans lead to a commanding officer. 27: 7 at halftime.
“That was important because we knew they were going to get the ball out and we had to be able to keep our momentum going to make sure they didn’t swing into play at half time because they knew they had the ball It was crucial and important for us to get that. “
Amendola caught a touchdown pass and two-point conversion from Tom Brady during the New England Patriots’ epic comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium.
In 2001, on the Astrodome days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Amendola was a sophomore high school student who helped his team defeat Duncanville with a clutch reception, and defeated it as a senior in 2003 as a senior to North Shore State championship managed.
Now he’s doing his craft for an overhauled Texan team built from the vision of General Manager Nick Caserio, a former Patriots manager, and his former Philadelphia Eagles receiver coach, David Culley, his position coach from last season with the Detroit Lions, Robert Prince. and joined the field by starting wide receiver Brandin Cooks, his former New England teammate and a new quarterback in Tyrod Taylor.
“I am blessed,” Amendola said days before kick-off. “I spent a lot of time playing here in Texas growing up: Pop Warner, high school ball, college ball. I’m the son of a Texas high school football coach (Willie Amendola), so Texas football is definitely in my blood . “