Amendola is kind of a phenomenon on two different levels. For Rams fans, he represents new beginnings. Poached from the Eagles practice squad, not too far removed from his national media debut on "Hard Knocks" with the Dallas Cowboys, Amendola instantly gave the sagging Rams a morale boost. First returning punts and kicks, then showing his chops as a receiver.
Nationally, Amendola's Horatio Alger story piques the interest of writers everywhere, especially now that he's poised for big things in a developing offense. Wes Welker comparisons don't hurt either.
Asked how the Rams found Amendola, Devaney explained that the Rams pro scout at the time, Mike Williams, was the one advocating for the Rams to sign Amendola. Not just suggesting it, pressing for it tenaciously. Appropriate given Amendola defines tenacity.
Devaney's current assessment of Amendola:
And we thought he'd be kind of a role guy as a receiver and really help us in the return game. What we didn't know about Danny at the time was his work ethic and his preparation and his heart. The guy may be the hardest-working guy on our team. He's made himself into a really, really good wideout.
This one's for you VT.
As for the Combine, I have tons of download to drop on you. From yesterday alone I have more than 30 interviews recorded, almost exclusively with prospects that should/could be on the Rams' radar. We'll be rolling that out through the days and weeks ahead as we delve head-first into the draft.