It's possible that the Patriots were laying contingency plans in the event that they lost Wes Welker in free agency, as ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that the team began pursuing Danny Amendola during the three-day negotiating window this past weekend.
Amendola, 27, is considered by many to be a comparable player to Welker, although he has missed 20 games over the past two seasons for the Rams.
Like Welker, Amendola was an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech who has since settled in as a productive player when healthy. He managed 63 catches in 11 games in 2012 and had his best season in 2010 when he totaled 85 catches for 689 yards and three touchdowns.
He has excellent quickness and is a precise route runner with reliable hands and he has some familiarity with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who held the same position in St. Louis during the 2011 season (Amendola was limited to just one game that year, however).
The Patriots are razor thin at wide receiver, with Brandon Lloyd the only prominent part of the receiving core from 2012 that remains under contract for 2013.