Danny Amendola has made his way to Miami, but Patriots coach Bill Belichik assured reporters Tuesday that his respect for the receiver remains the same.
The Dolphins signed Amendola to a two-year deal and will be one of several players Miami hopes will replace the production lost from three-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry, who was traded to the Browns.
Regardless of what team Amendola plays for — even a fellow AFC East opponent like Miami — Belichik said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando that he will be grateful for what Amendola brought to the Patriots from 2013-2017.
“I love Danny,” Belichick said, according to NESN.com. “He did a great job for us. Great competitor. Played a lot of different roles. Tremendous person. I wish him well in the opportunity he has, other than the times we play him. I love everything that Danny brought to the team in the five years he was with us.”
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In five years with New England, Amendola caught 230 passes for 2,383 yards and 10 touchdowns over 69 regular-season games (29 starts).
The slot receiver made his presence known this past postseason, catching 26 passes and 348 yards over three games and had a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown catches in the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.