Welker vs. Amendola
One unnamed NFC scout opined to MassLive.com that Amendola will be an "upgrade" over Welker as long as Amendola remains healthy.
"He does all the things the other guy was doing, but he's younger right now -- suddenness, route savvy, a feel for leveraging defenders and finding openings," the scout said. "You name it, he did it. ... Watch (the San Francisco game from last year) -- he (stood) out."
From watching game tape, I noticed for the first time in Amendola's career that he gained more separation on routes and was more explosive after the catch than Welker.
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The Patriots' front office saw something in Welker six years ago that the rest of the NFL missed. They're seeing something similar in Amendola this time around.