Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola excited to return to Foxboro

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Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola excited to return to Foxboro

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 Youth Jonathan Jones Jersey , face the Patriots For the previous five seasons, wide receiver Danny Amendola has been an important piece of the New England Patriots’ offensive arsenal and played a key role in the team winning its last two Super Bowl championships. This offseason, however, he left New England for greener pastures: the ones offered by the Miami Dolphins, who signed the unrestricted free agent to a two-year, $12.0 million contract.On Sunday, Amendola will return to his old stomping grounds for the first time since last year’s AFC Championship Game – one of his marquee performances in a Patriots uniform. Him being back in New England has naturally taken a central spot in the media coverage leading up to the game, even more so than the comeback of fellow former Patriot Brandon Bolden. However, it is business as usual for Amendola.“This won’t be really much different,” the veteran told reporters earlier this week when asked about the emotional aspect of facing his former teammates. “I’m familiar with a lot of people in the organization – and I’m excited to get up there,” continued Amendola who has fit in well with his new team: praised for his experience and leadership, the 32-year old has caught 11 passes for 100 yards through his team’s first three games.His success in Miami is a continuation of his final season in New England, capped by one of the best playoff performances in franchise history. And while the environment has changed, Amendola knows that his past helped shape the present: “Some of the things I learned [in New England] I’ll carry with me forever. What I’ve learned most is how to prepare for a game, what goes into the weekly routine leading into a game and sticking with that mold.”“I’m just using my preparation skills against them now,” he added. The Patriots, of course, know first-hand how those skills look like and what Amendola will bring to the table on Sunday because of them. “He’s going to be competitive, he’s going to be blocking Womens Trent Brown Jersey , running – so we know how ‘Dola is,” said Patriots defensive captain Devin McCourty about his ex-teammate after showering him with praise.“[I] obviously shared great memories with him, one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around in this league, definitely pound-for-pound,” said McCourty. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who played alongside Amendola during the wideout’s entire five-year tenure in New England, echoed those thoughts: “He’s quick, he’s feisty,” the NFL’s best tight end said about him before adding: “Definitely miss that guy.”Through the first three weeks of the season, it felt as if all of New England did: missing a player of his caliber – a thorough route runner that can get open quickly – the Patriots’ wide receivers struggled, which had a trickle-down effect on the entire passing game and the way opponents opted to defend it. But sentimentalities will not help New England get out of its current slump against Amendola and the Dolphins. Just as they will not help Amendola find success against his former team. Shaken by an unspeakable tragedy, this city needed something to ease its pain.The Steelers brought some joy to their grieving community.Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, James Conner ran for two scores, and Pittsburgh beat the Cleveland Browns 33-18 on Sunday while offering some solace to an area still in shock after a synagogue shooting.The Steelers (4-2-1) overcame a slow start and their own mistakes to win their 15th straight at Heinz Field over the Browns (2-5-1), who have lost 25 consecutive road games — one shy of the NFL record.Maybe more importantly, the win delivered a few hours of comfort to Pittsburgh's fans and Western Pennsylvania still in shock a day after a gunman stormed into the Tree of Life Synagogue and killed 11 people. A moment of silence was observed before the game and several signs with the Steelers' helmet logo — inlaid with a Star of David — were displayed by fans."We're thankful for a victory, but we also understand that there are bigger things," Roethlisberger said. "There's life. I'm glad that we could give people maybe three hours of a break of maybe not thinking about it all the time, and that's what sports does sometimes is it helps you to kind of heal. But it's over and people are going to celebrate and enjoy this Youth Devin McCourty Jersey , but reality still sets in for a lot of people."The shooting was felt by all Pittsburghers, and was close to the Steelers. Michele Rosenthal, the team's former community relations manager, had two brothers, Cecil and David, killed in the attack."We love you Michelle and we're thinking about you," said Roethlisberger, who was not surprised to the city pull together. "I know the Boston Strong thing, but it's true everywhere. That's what Pittsburghers are. We're family. There's so much love here in this town — for the sports, for each other, for all the different races, ethnicities, religions and everything we have."Roethlisberger connected on TD passes of 43 and 1 yard with Brown , and Conner continued to minimize Le'Veon Bell's absence. Conner ran for 60 yards on a 78-yard drive he capped with a 12-yard TD run in the third quarter that put the Steelers ahead 23-12.Conner's 22-yard run with 2:04 left made it 33-12 before the Browns scored a late TD."Today was much bigger than a game of football," said Conner, who played at Pitt before joining the Steelers and ran for 146 yards Sunday. "It was good that we got the win to try and uplift some spirits and vibes of everybody in our city. It's really a tragedy. Our city took a hit and our hearts are with all of the victims and their families. We still have those in mind."Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a pair of TD passes, but the Browns squandered some early scoring chances and remain winless in Pittsburgh since 2003.The loss will put further heat on embattled Browns coach Hue Jackson, who dropped to 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons. Cleveland has lost three straight since beating Baltimore in overtime."It's disheartening," Jackson said. "We've got work to do."Conner's first TD came after Steelers return man Ryan Switzer inexplicably allowed a free kick following a safety to roll free and the Browns recovered at Pittsburgh's 24-yard line.The Steelers then committed three penalties — roughing the passer Youth James White Jersey , interference and holding — to give Cleveland a first down at the 1. On the next play, Mayfield avoided pressure and lofted his scoring pass to rookie Antonio Callaway, who caught it despite being held to pull the Browns within 16-12.But with the momentum in Cleveland's favor, Pittsburgh grabbed control of the game and in turn soothed some pain after Saturday's stunning shooting."We have a lot of healing to do," said defensive tackle Cameron Heyward. "Our city can overcome this, but everybody's gotta love and care. We'll continue to do our part. I know everybody in this locker room cares so much for everybody that was involved in that and we're going to continue to care."Conner, who has filled in while Bell holds out in a contract dispute, ripped off runs of 30 and 16 yards and then broke several tackles on his scoring run.Roethlisberger's second TD pass with 10 seconds to go in the first half put the Steelers ahead 14-6, and left the Browns thinking about settling for Greg Joseph field goals and not getting touchdowns.Pittsburgh gambled by going on fourth-and-1 at the 4 on the previous play before Roethlisberger drilled his pass to Brown, who lined up wide and came back toward his QB to make the catch and step into the end zone. The score completed an 87-yard drive that ate up 7:12 and included the Steelers maintaining possession after Roethlisberger appeared to fumble before replay review showed his knee was down.The Steelers started slowly, failing to get a first down in the first quarter when they were outgained 119-16.But the Browns failed to score a touchdown on three trips inside the Pittsburgh 27-yard line, and after Joseph missed a 41-yard field-goal attempt that would have put Cleveland ahead 9-0, Pittsburgh pounced.Roethlisberger's pump fake fooled Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, allowing Brown to get behind him down the left sideline, and Roethlisberger made an easy throw to his favorite target.MOVING UPRoethlisberger's second TD pass to Brown moved him past Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (342) on the career list. Eli Manning (346) is seventh. Peyton Manning holds the record with 539 TD passes.DYNAMIC DUORoethlisberger and Brown have combined for 67 TDs, tied for seventh most in league history. Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne also had 67 scores.POSITIVE NOTEThe Browns had two more takeaways to give them 22 — 9 more than all last season. The 22 takeaways are their most through eight weeks since 1982.INJURIESSteelers: CB Coty Sensabaugh left with a foot injury in the second half.Browns: RB Duke Johnson injured his leg while running after a screen pass on the game's second play and was ineffective afterward.UP NEXTSteelers: Visit Baltimore on Nov. 4.Browns: Host Kansas City on Nov. 4.