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Danny Amendola's clutch play in big games highlights his value

Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola made 8 catches for 78 yards with a touchdown in Super Bowl LI. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

Every Saturday in the offseason, one question from Twitter will be selected to expound upon based on a hot topic surrounding the New England Patriots:

Matt, this is a good topic after Amendola's clutch performance in Super Bowl LI, when he had eight catches for 78 yards and one touchdown, to go along with a critical two-point conversion on a catch-and-run. Add that production to Amendola's work in Super Bowl XLIX when he had five receptions for 48 yards and one touchdown, and that's a nice Super Bowl resume.

Taking it one step further, Amendola has played in eight playoff games with the Patriots. He has totaled 29 receptions for 349 yards and four touchdowns in those games. That doesn't include his work in the return game in the playoffs -- nine kickoff returns for an average of 23.7 yards, and four punt returns for a 13.5 average.

Amendola's clutch play in the big-game moments is one reason the Patriots are keeping a spot for him on their roster at this time. Amendola's $6 million base salary is too rich based on his projected role over the course of the entire season (No. 4-5 receiver), but if the sides can agree on a reduced number, there's a spot for him alongside Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell.

Amendola has taken a reduction each of the last two years and seems to really enjoy playing in New England. That's one reason the odds are solid he's back in 2017, barring something unexpected happening.