Leading up to the Patriots and Dolphins squaring off for Week 14, the two former teammates met at midfield and shared an embrace. Edelman wasn’t with the Patriots when they faced Miami back in Week 4 when these two teams went at it in in Foxboro as the receiver was still serving his four game suspension. Along with missing the first quarter of the year, Edelman also missed the chance to see his old friend when he returned to Gillette Stadium as a visitor for the first time.
In their midfield meeting, Edelman and Amendola seemed to be chumming it up like he had in the years that they were teammates in New England.
Amendola inked a two year deal with Miami this offseason, ending what was a five year stint in New England where he helped the club with two Super Bowls. For his career has a Patriot, Amendola was a famously trusted option for Tom Brady catching 230 of his 327 targets for 2,383 yards and twelves touchdowns in the regular season. In the wake of Julian Edelman’s season ending ACL injury last season, Amendola stepped up in a major way catching 61 passes for 659 yards and two touchdowns.
Through eleven games played with Miami, Amendola has been able to haul in 48 of his 62 targets for 469 yards and a touchdown. His old buddy Edelman, meanwhile, has been a stud for the Patriots after returning from suspension. Even in that contest against the Colts immediately following that win over Amendola’s Dolphins, there was a noticeable burst to the overall offense with Edelman injected into it. Through his eight games played, Edelman has caught 47 of his 69 targets for 535 yards and three scores.
While they were able to be buddy-buddy in their moment on the field together leading up to this game, Edelman is solely focused on getting New England the win and what would be their tenth consecutive division title.
“I’m looking forward to going and playing a division opponent,” Edelman said, via NESN.com. “So, that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Amendola, meanwhile, had been battling a knee injury this week that kept him out of Miami’s Week 13 contest. He is active today and that seems to be thanks to a relentless effort by Amendola to play against his former club as Dolphins head coach Adam Gase admitted to Patriots reporters this week that this had been one of the first instances where the receiver has not been very compliant with him since coming over this year.