The biggest question that has come with the signing of Danny Amendola as Wes Welker's replacement in the slot is Amendola's ability to stay on the field. Amendola has the physical skills that are necessary to play slot receiver, but all of those skills mean nothing if he's on the sidelines. The new Patriots WR understands that injuries come with the territory:
“You have to understand that it’s a football game. Injuries sometimes happen,” Amendola said. “I really don’t have much to say about the critics who talk about injuries because its just part of the game and stuff like that happens. Trying to stay healthy and trying to get on the field obviously, is the number one priority.”
Only once in Amendola's four-year career has he managed to play in all 16 games. Over the past two seasons, he's appeared in just 12. So although injuries are totally out of control of players, coaches and personnel, the Patriots made a wise choice to add some injury incentives to Amendola's contract.