|Chance of Injury in 2021:||99%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||25%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||2.3|
Amendola was a useful addition for the Lions last season. He ranked 2nd on the team with 97 targets and 62 catches — although Marvin Jones averaged more targets and catches per game.
Amendola hauled in a decent 63.9% of his targets and averaged 10.9 yards per catch as Detroit’s short-range receiver. He played 71.5% of his snaps from the slot and registered an 8.8-yard average depth of target. Amendola ranked 50th in yards per route run among 79 WRs with 50+ targets last year.
It didn’t translate to much fantasy value, though. Amendola finished 51st at his position in PPR points and 62nd in non-PPR points per game.
The biggest culprit was his 1 TD. That tied for 96th among WRs, despite Amendola finishing 32nd in catches and 44th in receiving yards. You might argue that he’s in for positive regression in that department — and he probably is. But Amendola has never been a big TD producer. He’s never topped 4 TDs in a season and averaged just 2.5 per 16 games over his first 10 seasons. Even at his 4.1% TD rate across those 10 seasons, he would have scored only 2.6 times in 2019.
It is worth noting, at least, that 2019 marked the first time in his career that Amendola saw multiple red-zone targets (9) without scoring a TD in that range, according to Pro Football Reference.
Any bump in TD production might be offset by a loss of targets. Jones missed the final 3 games of 2019 but will be back to 100% for this season. TE T.J. Hockenson should be in for a bigger role in his 2nd year. And we’ll likely see more targets go to the RBs after Detroit added 2nd-roun…
|Sep 22, 2019||NFL||Chest Pectoral Strain Grade 2||Amendola suffered a chest injury in the fourth quarter of Week 3's win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He missed one game|
|Nov 25, 2018||NFL||Knee Strain Grade 1||Amendola suffered an unspecified right knee injury in the 1st quarter against the Colts and missed the following game.|
|Sep 7, 2017||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Amendola left in the 4th quarter of the season opener with a concussion. He was also listed with a knee issue on the Week 2 injury report but didn't miss another game after clearing the concussion protocol -- despite continued listing for the knee.|
|Dec 4, 2016||NFL||Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3||Amendola suffered a right high-ankle sprain against the Rams and missed the next 4 games. He returned after the playoff bye week (in a limited role).|
|Dec 20, 2015||NFL||Knee Strain Grade 1||Amendola suffered a minor knee sprain in Week 15 and missed the following game.|
|Nov 23, 2015||NFL||Knee Strain Grade 1||Amendola suffered an unspecified mild knee sprain in the 3rd quarter against the Bills and missed the following game.|
|Oct 13, 2013||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Amendola sustained a concussion against the Saints and missed the following week.|
|Sep 8, 2013||NFL||Inguinal Groin Tear Grade 3||Amendola suffered a groin-muscle tear in the season opener and tore the adductor longus tendon. He missed the next 3 games and dealt with the injury the rest of the season. He did not require surgery.|
|Aug 16, 2013||NFL||Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2||Amendola sat out the final 2 preseason games with an unspecified groin injury. He aggravated the injury upon his return in the regular-season opener.|
|Nov 25, 2012||NFL||Pedal Heel Bruise||Amendola played through a "doubtful" tag but lasted just 7 snaps and sat out the 2nd half with "soreness." He missed the following 2 games as well.|
|Nov 18, 2012||NFL||Pedal Heel Bruise||Amendola hurt his right heel against the Jets. He returned to the game and played through a doubtful tag the following week but saw limited snaps and aggravated the issue.|
|Oct 4, 2012||NFL||Shoulder S/C Joint Separation||Amendola suffered a S/C joint separation against the Cardinals and missed the next 3 games.|
|Sep 29, 2011||NFL||Arm Tricep Tear Grade 3||Amendola suffered a setback in practice leading up to Week 4. He was diagnosed with a torn right triceps and landed on IR.|
|Sep 11, 2011||NFL||Arm Elbow Dislocation||Amendola dislocated his left elbow in the season opener. He tried to return but tore the triceps in that arm in practice and missed the rest of the year.|
|Nov 1, 2009||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Amendola suffered a concussion against the Lions. He didn't miss any games but likely benefited from the bye following his injury game.|