Five years ago, Danny Amendola was in a much different place in the landscape of the NFL.
He was an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech, fresh off a 109-catch, 1,245-yard season with the Red Raiders. But lack of size (5-foot-10, 183 pounds) and speed (4.68-second 40 yard dash at the combine) kept him from being taken among the 252 picks in the 2008 NFL draft.
Amendola was swooped up by the Cowboys as a free agent and came about as close as one can to making the 53-man roster without it actually happening. How do we know this? He was heavily featured on the Cowboys season of Hard Knocks that year.
The Dallas organization knew what they had in the slot receiver. And so did Amendola’s teammate at the time, Terrell Owens, who made it well known that he wanted the shifty slot man on the roster.
Some mental errors and a stacked wide receiver corps kept Amendola from making the squad, but he spent the entire season on the team’s practice squad. He went through the process again with the...