FOXBORO, Mass. — With Danny Amendola out of practice for two straight days, it’s looking more and more like Tom Brady won’t have his new favorite target to throw to Thursday against the Lions.
If Amendola has to sit, it will give added opportunities to rookies Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce and Aaron Dobson and veteran Julian Edelman. Edelman hasn’t been playing much with the first unit this preseason, but without Amendola and without his foot injury holding him back, Edelman should get plenty of opportunities with Brady this Thursday.
Thompkins, Boyce and Edelman can all play Amendola’s role as the slot/Z receiver. Getting them in those roles now will be valuable if Amendola has to miss any time during the season.
To hear more about how Thompkins, Boyce and Edelman may be utilized on Thursday, watch NESN.com Patriots writer Doug Kyed talk about Amendola’s absence in the video above.