The New England Patriots are in town, and for Danny Amendola, that means a few familiar faces and a familiar style.
The Lions began joint practices with Bill Belichick and his team at Allen Park on Monday. Amendola confirmed the practice structure in Detroit is pretty similar to what he experienced back in New England.
“It’s all familiar to me but it’s really good work,” the 33-year-old veteran receiver said. “It’s good to work against some new players, see some new techniques.”
Amendola spent five years with the Patriots that included two Super Bowls—years that shaped the player he is today.
“I learned how to be a smart, tough, fundamentally-sound football player,” he said. “I carry what I learned there wherever I’m going in the future.”
Hopefully those lessons will make their way to his performance here in Detroit. According to Jeremy, they already are.
Last season, Amendola totaled 59 catches and 577 yards in 15 games with the Miami Dolphins, with a 79.6 percent catch rate in the slot—the second highest percentage among slot receivers in the league, per Pro Football Focus.
When asked if quarterback Tom Brady will ever retire, Amendola laughed.
“Nah, he can play forever. He’s a great quarterback, man. He’s in great shape, great condition obviously. I’m excited to see him play,” he said.
Amendola said the Patriots play with an intensity he believes the Lions should strive to match.
“They’re fundamentally sound. They play their techniques and they play together really well,” he said.
Tuesday and Wednesday’s joint practices are open to the public and begin at 9:30 a.m. ET. Click here for more information.
On to the rest of your notes.
- Unsurprisingly Aaron Donald dominates this list but Lions recent addition I spy with my little eye Mike Daniels coming in fourth with a 14.5 percent pressure rate.
Another reason why Aaron Donald was in a league by himself last season! pic.twitter.com/YU3xZlA6cm— PFF (@PFF) August 5, 2019
- Greg Levinsky of the Detroit Free Press offers a feature on undrafted rookie Micah St. Andrew about how he used a $500 weight loss challenge to make it to the NFL.
- Another cool feature from the Freep as Carlos Monarrez tells the story of the time Mitchell Loewen saved a man whose SUV fell four stories.
- In case you missed it, the Lions created the Women of the Pride. According to the team, “The goal of Women of the Pride is to create a community for our female fans where they will have access to exclusive events, ticket offers and a new network of amazing women.”
- Tim Twentyman has a story on how baseball helped veteran safety Andrew Adams’ football career. “Adams credits his hands and his ability to track the ball to all those days playing outfield in the travel baseball circuit as a kid and in high school at Woodward.”
- Tigers posted this fun crossover of John Hicks and Daniel Norris hanging out at training camp.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 5, 2019
- Jeff Rison of The Lions Wire says Jamal Agnew might be in real roster danger. “He’s fallen on the CB depth chart, and Sunday morning’s practice in Allen Park is a good indication of why I believe Agnew is firmly on the Lions’ roster bubble.”