Lions Danny Amendola looks forward to joint practices with Patriots this week

Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola

ALLEN PARK — Full-tilt, full-go, all day.

That’s Danny Amendola’s vision for three days of Detroit Lions training camp, starting Monday, when the New England Patriots will be in for joint practices.

“I love them, they’re huge —  a lot of intense reps, game reps, different looks and finally we get to hit somebody else beside ourselves,’’ the Lions wide receiver said after Sunday’s training camp session.

Prior to spending 2018 with the Miami Dolphins, Amendola spent five seasons playing for the Patriots, winning two Super Bowl rings along the way.

“We’ve been going against our guys, the Lions, for a few weeks, then OTAs, so we’re all excited about hitting somebody else for a change, learn new techniques, get better,’’ Amendola said.

He insists his past relationship with the Patriots won’t be a factor in the joint workouts leading up to Thursday night’s preseason opener against New England at Ford Field.

“It’s the same across the board for me whether it’s Patriots, or we’re going to Houston the next week, so it’s all work for me,’’ Amendola said. “It’s all good reps and I’m going to try to maximize my opportunities.’’

Amendola, who is 33, has fit in quickly with the Lions new-look offense. He and quarterback Matthew Stafford have found a rhythm which showed on Sunday with a deep touchdown pass to the former Patriot who is trying to find his role on the team.

Amendola’s age may set him apart from the other Lions receivers. Closest in age are Marvin Jones Jr., and Jermaine Kearse who are both 29. Amendola is a living reminder that age is just a number. He runs out every play, every drill like he’s a rookie. 

He likes the wide receivers group — says it’s a good group.

“We’re always talking. Everybody in the room is always talking, throwing around ideas – old ways, new ways of trying to get open,’’ Amendola said.

He’s learning too.

What exactly can an old dog learn from a young pup?

“How to run fast,’’ Amendola said.


Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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