New Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is used to following in Wes Welker’s footsteps.
Welker was a sophomore at Texas Tech when Amendola committed to the Red Raiders, and now the former St. Louis Ram will have to replace one of the NFL’s most prolific pass-catchers in New England.
"I’ve been hearing [the comparisons] for a long time," Amendola said in a conference call with New England reporters on Friday. "We went to the same college and I’ve been watching him play for a long time. He’s a great player, he’s been to a lot of Pro Bowls and he’s done a lot of great things to help the Patriots win. One of my main goals is to fulfill my role and try to do what I can to help the Patriots win as well."
Also Friday, the Patriots signed former Buffalo Bills receiver Donald Jones, who has 82 receptions for 887 yards and six touchdowns in his career. And they saw running back Danny Woodhead, their second-leading rusher with 301 yards and four touchdowns, sign with the San Diego Chargers.
On Thursday, New England also signed running back-kick returner Leon Washington away from Seattle.
Welker was introduced to the Denver media on Thursday in a news conference attended by Hall of Famer John Elway and coach John Fox. Amendola finalized his five-year, $31 million deal with New England.
"You’ve seen in the NFL the Patriots do a lot of great things in the past," Amendola said.