Well this is just great. New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is not the only wide receiver recovering from off-season surgery.
The Patriots #2 wide receiver Danny Amendola is recovering from a pair of his own, and it seems far more serious.
According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Amendola "is still recovering from offseason knee & ankle surgeries," and adds that it's "too early to know when he'll be ready." Howe notes that both surgeries came in the offseason, with the knee issue considered far more serious.
As for an optimistic timeline, Howe says "there's hope Amendola will be ready for training camp, but it's way too early to know if Week 1 is even a guarantee."
This is a pretty major development for the Patriots offense, and it explains why Amendola was willing to take such a major pay cut to stay in New England. With his health status in such question, the idea of switching teams, learning a new playbook, and fighting for time on the field while recovering from injury would not be very promising.
It also shows how damaged the Patriots offense truly was late in the 2015 season; tight end Scott Chandler suffered a knee injury that might force him to retire; Edelman and Amendola both needed offseason surgeries, while Brandon LaFell never fully recovered from his preseason surgery; running backs Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount were on the injured reserve; the entire offensive line was battered and missed time due to injury.
It seems like Rob Gronkowski, and his terrifying near-explosion against the Broncos, was the most healthy player on the offense.
The Patriots have added many new faces at wide receiver this offseason, including veterans Chris Hogan and Nate Washington, along with 4th round pick Malcolm Mitchell. These three stand to benefit the most with first team repetitions if neither Edelman, nor Amendola are available to take the field during camp sessions.
We'll track this moving forward; hopefully Amendola will be ready to contribute in 2016.