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Danny Amendola on OMF says anthem protests won't divide Patriots: 'We have a tight-knit community'

Greg Levinsky
September 25, 2017 - 11:59 am

Following an exciting comeback victory over the Houston Texans, veteran wideout Danny Amendola joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria to discuss the team’s victory, field conditions and the national anthem turmoil around the NFL. To listen to the interview, visit the OMF audio on demand page.

With a plethora of national anthem situations around the NFL, 16 Patriots knelt on Sunday and others locked arms, including Tom Brady. Amendola decided to stand, but also acknowledged his teammates' personal preferences.

Amendola referenced offensive lineman Nate Solder’s tweet that read, "stand or kneel, that's a free choice, you won't see any division in this locker room over that, we respect each other too much."

“We have a tight-knit community in our locker room,” Amendola said. “I can speak for myself personally and can say I stand in honor of my grandfather who fought and my friends who are fighting overseas.”

Amendola said players usually refrain from talking about politics in the locker room, a place that is meant for preparation and football conversation.

“It all comes back to personal preference,” Amendola said. “Everyone is going to have their own personal opinion on the situation. We just have to do our best to get a positive message out there.”

Amendola hauled in three receptions for 48 yards Sunday after missing last week with a concussion and knee injury. All three receptions came on Patriots touchdown drives, including a huge 27-yard grab on 3rd-and-18 on the game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.

Houston’s defense clearly focused on the oft-used short-yard passing game employed by the Patriots. Amendola credited a strong opponent who offered a challenge.

“They had a good plan,” Amendola said. “They did some things we were expecting, but [mostly] it was us trying to get things done.”

The Texans offense succeeded as well. Quarterback Deshaun Watson accounted for over 300 yards passing and the Texans amassed 125 yards on the ground. Amendola said he and the rest of the Patriots offense weren't too stressed about getting into a shootout and needing to come back.

“Whatever the game presents to us we’ve worked and are ready to pull something out,” Amendola said.

New addition Brandin Cooks had his best game as a Patriot and emerged as a legitimate deep threat. Amendola said that helped the entire offense get going.

“He can run every route in the book,” Amendola said. “He’s done a lot.”

Danny Amendola on OMF: (On kneeling during National Anthem) We try to send a positive message 9-25-17

Patriots wide receiver and extremely handsome man Danny Amendola joins the guys following the come back win over the Texans. The Dola shares his thoughts on the victory, the new turf, and players around the league kneeling during the National Anthem.

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