|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 186 lb.|
|Born:||November 2, 1985|
|Drafted:||2008 / UDFA|
Amendola signed a one-year, $5 million contract extension with the Lions on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Amendola's extension includes $4.5 million guaranteed and carries a maximum value of $6 million with incentives. The 34-year-old recorded 62 catches for 678 yards and one touchdown across 15 regular-season games with Detroit last season, and he stands to once again provide the team with consistency in the slot. In 2019, Amendola quietly had seven games with eight or more targets.
Amendola will re-sign with the Lions on a one-year deal, Peter Schrager of Good Morning Football reports.
Analysis: Amendola hauled in 62 receptions for 678 yards and one touchdown in 15 games for the Lions last season. The 34-year-old will be entering his 12th season in 2020 and second in Detroit. He figures to once again help out in the slot.
Amendola caught two of four targets for 16 yards and completed his one pass attempt for a 19-yard touchdown during Sunday's 23-20 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Amendola played a big role in the Lions' first-half surge by faking an end-around run and finding quarterback David Blough for a wide-open touchdown on a trick play in the first quarter. However, the veteran also committed an egregious 15-yard penalty in the fourth frame by hitting a defenseless player on the sidelines after a play had ended, which helped propel a Packers' comeback attempt that ended with a walk-off field goal in the closing seconds of the game. This was a disappointing end to the Lions' three-win campaign and Amendola will now finish the season with 62 receptions (97 targets) for 678 yards and one score. When the new league starts this spring, he'll become an unrestricted free agent entering his age-34 season.
Amendola caught two of three targets for 21 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-17 loss to Denver.
Analysis: A week after racking up eight catches for 102 yards on 13 targets against Tampa Bay, Amendola finished second among Detroit receivers in yardage against the Broncos. Unfortunately for those with vested interest in Amendola's fantasy stock, he was the second-leading receiver on an afternoon in which the Lions managed just 117 yards through the air. Amendola is still averaging eight targets per game over his past four outings in spite of his quiet afternoon Sunday, but he carries a 13-game scoring drought heading into a matchup against a Green Bay defense that enters Monday Night Football ranking No. 2 in the NFL with just 146 receptions allowed to opposing wideouts on the season.
Amendola brought in eight of 13 targets for 102 yards in the Lions' 38-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: With Marvin Jones (IR-ankle) and Marvin Hall (IR-foot) unavailable, Amendola took center stage with coverage tilting heavily toward Kenny Golladay. The veteran possession receiver narrowly missed a touchdown, but he still comfortably paced the team in receptions and receiving yards for the afternoon. Amendola also tied his season high in receptions while posting his third 100-yard effort of the campaign overall, and he could be primed for another heavy workload in a Week 16 interconference battle against the Broncos.
Amendola caught five of eight targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 20-7 loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: After seeing eight targets from David Blough last Sunday while tight end T.J. Hockenson (ankle) saw 11, Amendola wasn't among the teammates to benefit from Hockenson's placement on injured reserve this past week. Instead, Kenny Golladay (eight targets) and Marvin Jones (seven) were the ones to see a bump. In any case, there's no question that there are more targets up for grabs in Hockenson's absence, and it's possible Amendola could be the one to benefit as soon as Detroit's Week 15 game against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the second-most receiving yards per game in 2019.
Amendola caught three of eight targets for 32 yards during Thursday's 24-20 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: Despite a change of quarterback from the second-string Jeff Driskel (hamstring) to the third-string David Blough, Amendola pretty much matched the average output of 32.3 receiving yards per game he had in three games with the former signal caller. However, Amendola easily could've done better had he been able to bring in a perfect over-the-shoulder pass that Blough delivered him in the final minutes of the game -- one that might've positioned Detroit for the go-ahead touchdown. While it wasn't meant to be, Amendola investors can at least take solace in the fact he saw as many targets as he did in the past two games with Driskel. Not to mention, Amendola now appears to be the primary punt returner with Jamal Agnew (ankle) banged up and Marvin Hall (foot) on injured reserve.
Amendola caught all three of his targets for 21 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Yet again a distant third in playing time among Lions receivers behind Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Amendola is now averaging 5.7 targets, 3.7 receptions and 32.3 receiving yards through three games with backup quarterback Jeff Driskel. It's hard to be optimistic about him in Week 12 with Matthew Stafford (back) unlikely to return for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears.
Amendola caught four of five targets for 47 yards during Sunday's 35-27 loss to Dallas.
Analysis: The Lions offense was more competitive than most thought they'd be and Amendola was ultimately its leading receiver despite being in a three-way tie for the team lead in targets. However, as Marvin Jones showed Sunday with two trips to the end zone, receivers playing with Jeff Driskel are probably reliant on touchdowns in order to be of fantasy value. Until Matthew Stafford (back) is able to play again, it'll be hard to trust Amendola to produce even in seemingly soft matchups, like the one Detroit has Sunday at Washington.
Amendola caught his only target for a six-yard gain during Monday's 23-22 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: Making his return from an unspecified chest injury, Amendola logged a modest 20 offensive snaps during a game in which Detroit made heavy use of multi-tight-end sets. Five other Lions receivers saw more targets, including tight end T.J. Hockenson, who got six targets and is looking like Matthew Stafford's preferred short-area target. Unless he starts getting as involved in the offense as he was in Week 1, it won't be easy to trust Amendola as a fantasy option.
Amendola (chest) is listed as active Monday in Green Bay
Analysis: Making his first game action since Week 3, Amendola appears to be past the chest injury that forced him to miss one contest. On the season, he's been hit-or-miss, going for 104 yards and a TD on 13 targets in Week 1 while combining for a 4-37-0 line on six targets in his other two appearances. Amendola will look to bounce back against a Packers defense that has allowed an NFL-worst 17.3 yards per catch to wide receivers to date.
Amendola (chest) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: Amendola was a limited participant in practice all week, and his final status likely won't be revealed until 90 minutes before Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. Expect Marvin Hall to bump into the No. 3 wideout role if Amendola can't go.
Amendola (chest) was estimated as a limited practice participant Friday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: The Lions held a walkthrough Friday, but Amendola would have maintained his activity level for a second straight session, if the team had held one. He'll have one more chance to prove his health in advance of Monday's game at Green Bay.
Amendola (chest) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: The veteran slot man hasn't completed moved past the chest injury he suffered in Week 3, even after sitting out the Week 4 loss to the Chiefs and benefiting from a Week 5 bye. That said, his ability to practice in some fashion to begin the current week offers some early hope that Amendola will be ready to go by the time Monday's game against the Packers arrives.
Amendola (chest) participated in practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Amendola suffered a chest injury in Week 3 and subsequently missed Week 4 despite logging a limited practice the Friday before the game. Having since had Detroit's bye week to recover, he has a decent chance to play Monday in Green Bay. Amendola's level of participation on the official injury reports Thursday through Saturday will provide more clarity about his availability.
Amendola (chest) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Chiefs.
Analysis: After managing just one limited practice this week due to a chest injury, Amendola has upheld a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network earlier Sunday that he was iffy to play Week 4. Amendola doesn't have a direct backup out of the slot, which could mean more routes for tight ends T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James.
Amendola (chest), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, is less likely to play in the contest than teammate Matthew Stafford (hip), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Both players carry questionable tags into the Week 4 matchup, but Stafford -- a late addition to the Lions' injury report -- is expected to suit up if he incurs no setbacks with the injured hip during pregame warmups. Amendola, meanwhile, is shaping up to be a game-time call after managing only one limited practice during the week while he nursed the chest issue. If Amendola is inactive for the first time all season, Marvin Hall or Tom Kennedy would be thrust into the No. 3 receiver role.
Amendola (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Kansas City, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Amendola seems to be moving in the right direction after he returned to a limited practice Friday. An unexpected absence Sunday would leave Marvin Hall or Tom Kennedy in the No. 3 receiver role for Detroit.
Amendola (chest) will practice Friday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: It's not clear how much Amendola will be able to do Friday, but he will be able to get in at least some work after sitting out practice the previous two days. While Amendola will be on the field Friday, Palmer notes the team has also called up receiver Tom Kennedy from the practice squad, so Amendola isn't out of the woods by any means. The Lions will reveal Amendola's status for Week 4 at some point after Friday's practice concludes.
Amendola (chest) didn't practice Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: With back-to-back absences to open Week 4 prep, Amendola isn't putting himself into a position to play Sunday against the Chiefs. Fortunately for the veteran wide receiver, he has another chance to show off his health Friday, at which point the Lions will relay his potential to suit up. In the event Amendola is held out, Marvin Hall and rookie Travis Fulgham would be the next players up behind Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.
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