Brady praises WR Amendola

ALLSTON, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had private workouts with first-year receiver Danny Amendola in California, and the two have been working closely on the field over the last two weeks in organized team activities.

Brady likes what he’s seen of Amendola to this point.

“He comes in and works really hard. He wants to do everything right, and he’s very competitive,” Brady said Friday night at the Best Buddies football game at Harvard Stadium. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

Amendola was present at Brady’s charity football game, along with other teammates such as defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, linebacker Jerod Mayo and receiver Julian Edelman (who is still wearing a boot on his right foot).

As for the departed Wes Welker, Brady said: “I always miss his friendship. He’s one of my best friends. We stay in touch. We’ll never lose that. Like I said, he’s on a great team. He’s moved on and that’s part of the NFL and something I’ve been accustomed to over the years, losing some friends. I hope we go out and have a great year. [We’ve] set the standard pretty high.”

Brady was also asked his thoughts on injured tight end Rob Gronkowski.

“I really don’t know. I haven’t inquired too much about what’s going on," he replied. "That’s all the medical stuff that always sorts itself out. I’ve been working hard with the guys that have been out there and it’s been fun to be back out on the field.”