Amendola torches Redskins for 15 receptions

St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola had his way with the Washington Redskins and their secondary, recording 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown in his team’s 31-28 victory.

St. Louis receiver Danny Amendola had 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. (Jeff Roberson/Associated Press)

The sure-handed Amendola recorded catches on all but one of the passes on which he was targeted. Amendola’s only negative play came on the first of the game as he made a catch and picked up 13 yards, but fumbled at the end of the run, and the Redskins scored a touchdown off it.

 But Amendola rebounded to record another 11 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in the remainder of the first half, and then had three more catches for another 27 yards in the second half.

 “He’s a tremendous player. We knew going into this week that we were going to try to get him the ball, just in some of the things we were doing with the game plan,” Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said. “He came out, he played great today. I think it says a lot about him, after the first play he didn’t get down, he came back and had probably one of the best halves I’ve ever seen from a wide receiver.”

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he and his teammates didn’t really have an answer for the fourth-year pro out of Texas Tech. Washington spent much of the game in zone coverage, but Amendola found openings and used his speed and elusiveness to generate yards after the catch. The Redskins also used some man coverage on Amendola, and he managed to get open despite that coverage as well.

 “They exploited whatever we were in,” Hall said. “Whether we was in man, he ran kind of a lot of option routes. If we were in zone, he’d exploit those zones too, so, he’s a good receiver. He’s a good receiver, so, if we see him again, I definitely think we’ll have a different game plan for that guy. But he came out and made plays. Bradford looked to him a lot, and he made plays.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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