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Danny Amendola ignores Wes Welker comparisons

New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola knows the Wes Welker comparisons are coming. He's choosing to ignore them.

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"That's not something I need to worry about," Amendola told reporters Tuesday, via WEEI-FM. "I'm worried about the playbook and getting the routes down and getting on the same page with my teammates. The good thing is, I don't have to worry about that stuff."

Amid reports that Welker and Peyton Manning already have clicked for the Denver Broncos, Amendola spent most of Tuesday's on-field session locked in with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The former St. Louis Rams pass-catcher isn't the only new guy in town -- receivers Mike Jenkins and Donald Jones join rookies Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce -- but it's Amendola who's expected to pick up where Welker and Brady left off.

"He's a really good quarterback," Amendola said of Brady. "Everybody knows that. (I'm) just trying to get on the same page -- so far, so good."

While Welker joins a receiver-dense roster in Denver (where he'll likely carry less of a workload than he did in New England), Amendola is being asked to chart new territory. Welker played in 93 games with the Patriots, averaging 112 catches during his six seasons with the team. Amendola has started just 12 games over the past two seasons, sparking genuine concern over his durability.

The comparison doesn't work. Besides, the Patriots are bound to surprise onlookers with the offense they run. Expecting Amendola to slip into Welker's role -- in the same offense we saw last year -- ignores everything we know about Bill Belichick and his Hall of Fame-worthy quarterback.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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