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    Amendola Gives Rams Return On Investment

    Amendola gives Rams return on investment
    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    10/17/2009

    When he wakes up on Mondays now, Danny Amendola is sore all over. That's a good thing, he explained, because it means he's playing football on Sundays.

    "It feels good to be beat up again," Amendola said. "It's been a year and a half."

    The Rams signed the 5-foot-11, 183-pound Amendola off Philadelphia's practice squad Sept. 22 and immediately assigned him to return punts and kicks. Because of injuries to the corps of wideouts, he has also been thrust into the mix on offense.

    "It's baptism by fire, because we had to get him some wide receiver reps in just his second game," coach Steve Spagnuolo noted. "But he's a pretty sharp guy."

    Amendola had one reception for 8 yards at San Francisco, followed by a five-catch, 43-yard outing last week vs. Minnesota. He's averaging 7.6 yards on five punt returns and 22.4 yards on 18 kickoff returns.

    Asked whether he preferred catching or returning, Amendola, 23, said, "I like being on the field in any way possible. Whatever way it is, hopefully I can make some plays in both areas."

    Until the Rams grabbed him, Amendola hadn't seen game action since Jan. 1, 2008, when he helped Texas Tech to a 31-28 Gator Bowl victory over Virginia at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium — site of the Rams' game Sunday against the Jaguars.

    As a senior, Amendola hauled in 103 passes — the fourth-highest total in the nation — for 1,177 yards and five touchdowns. But like fellow Red Raiders wideout and former teammate Wes Welker, Amendola was passed over in the draft.

    Dallas brought him in as a rookie free agent, and he spent the season on the practice squad. The Eagles signed him last January.

    With the Rams, Amendola finally is getting an opportunity to show his stuff in the regular season. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Amendola "has done a nice job for us. He's quick, he finds a way to separate, he can run real well, and he's a tough guy. We feel good about him."

    INJURY UPDATES

    Safety James Butler (knee) and wide receiver Ruvell Martin (hamstring) were listed as doubtful Friday on the final injury report of the week, meaning they're unlikely to suit up Sunday. Safety Anthony Smith (Achilles tendon) was questionable. Quarterback Kyle Boller (concussion) and defensive ends Leonard Little (illness) and C.J. Ah You (illness) were probable.

    GOLDBERG STARTS

    Spagnuolo said that Adam Goldberg would start again at right tackle but that rookie Jason Smith "is going to see some playing time." Smith, who suffered a knee injury late in the first half Sept. 20 at Washington, got in for two snaps on special teams last Sunday.

    Rookie cornerback Bradley Fletcher will start for the second consecutive week ahead of Jonathan Wade, according to Spagnuolo. And LaJuan Ramsey appears to be the new first-teamer at defensive tackle in place of Gary Gibson, who sustained a season-ending ankle injury vs. the Vikings.

    "It's unfortunate that it had to happen through injury, but it is an opportunity. And that's how the NFL is," said the 6-3, 300-pound Ramsey, a free-agent signee Sept. 6.

    RAM-BLINGS

    Sources in Jacksonville report that at least 20,000 of the 66,000 seats will be empty Sunday. ... The NFL fined Rams cornerback Quincy Butler $7,500 for his horse-collar tackle on a second-quarter kickoff return by Minnesota's Percy Harvin.


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    Re: Amendola Gives Rams Return On Investment

    Nice. I've really been impressed with Danny so far he's developing into a good WR and a great return man. With how he's doing I really hope he can stay with this team for the future. Its especially impressive how he's been a practice squad player untill now and can come in and get playing time as a WR. I'm sure he's really happy how he got a opportunity here and he's a great pickup.

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    Re: Amendola Gives Rams Return On Investment

    I hope he really helps the rams in the wr/kr area.

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    Re: Amendola Gives Rams Return On Investment

    He's a typical reciever that all to often are overlooked by the scouts, because they dont have elite size and speed. Lucky Rams, he could fill a void the rams have had for years- decent punt returner. He's fairly tough for his size, seems pretty shifty and give the impression theres no ball security issues??

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    Re: Amendola Gives Rams Return On Investment

    Glad he working out hope for something good from him today.
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