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Texans Life Begins at 35 for WR Danny Amendola | Daily Brew

Houston Texans
15 Sep 2021, 19:02 GMT+10

Drew Dougherty

Danny Amendola signed a contract with the Texans on Tuesday.

He practiced with the team the next day, as well as Thursday and Friday.

The wide receiver caught a pass on the team's second drive Sunday.

And just before the half, Amendola caught a touchdown to put Houston up 27-7 going into the intermission.

It was a remarkable six days, even more so because he'll turn 36 on November 2.

A native of The Woodlands, Amendola was a productive pass catcher and return man at Texas Tech from 2004 through 2007. In the 2008 NFL Draft, 252 names were called, and none were his. Of those 252, just 11 players from that draft are still in the league. Just one, DeSean Jackson, is still playing wide receiver.

But Amendola is still contributing, and it's no surprise to Texans Head Coach David Culley.

"Not at all," Culley said Monday. "Guy's been in this league 14 years, been a part of Super Bowl champion football teams. He's a football player. I mean, this guy lives and breathes and wakes up; it's about football."

Amendola spent 2008 on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, and in early January of 2009, signed with Philadelphia. As a member of the Eagles that spring and summer, Culley was Amendola's position coach, and the two maintained a friendship ever since. After getting cut by Philadelphia at the end of Training Camp in September of that year, Amendola signed with St. Louis and spent the next four years with the Rams. Five years and two Super Bowl rings in New England followed that, before a season in Miami and then 2019 and 2020 in Detroit.

Amendola caught a pair of passes during Houston's first scoring drive against the Jaguars, pulling in an 8-yarder on 2nd-and-12, and then a 7-yarder on the next play to help the Texans move the chains.

With 37 seconds remaining in the half, he caught another 7-yarder at Houston's 38-yard line. Then, after QB Tyrod Taylor connected with WR Brandin Cooks for a 52-yard completion to set up 1st-and-goal, Amendola caught an 8-yarder over the middle to score with 8 ticks on the clock.

"When you play in this game that long, being in this offense before, you talk about a guy that's a playmaker, he's been a playmaker all his career, no matter where he lined up, he stepped in the room, he's going to make an impact right away," Cooks said. "A lot of respect for Danny and I think he showed that today, as well."

Before Tuesday, Amendola had been training and staying in shape in Austin. When he entered the facilities last week and got down to learning the Texans system, it was all very familiar.

"This offense stems from a lot of the stuff we used to do in New England," Amendola said. "I recognize most of the formations. Some of the verbiage is different with the coaches. They are changing some of the play calls so they can acclimate to some of the guys here. I'm picking up on that, taking notes, trying to learn it. I've been in the books 24/7 since I got here."

Amendola finished with five catches for 34 yards in the 37-21 victory.

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