Asked about his workouts in Atlanta this offseason with Matthew Stafford, Danny Amendola said they were great. He said the travel was safe, the weather was good and Stafford looked strong. Amendola even earned the nickname 'Uncle Danny' from Stafford's twin girls. Then he brought up Kenny Golladay.
Golladay has already visited Amendola in Austin once, and they're hoping to link up again soon. The two hard-nosed receivers have developed a tight bond since Amendola joined the Lions last year.
They've also developed a type of pact to bring the organization somewhere new.
"What Kenny and I talk about now is, we want to win. We want to get to the playoffs. We want to have a home playoff game at Ford Field," Amendola said Wednesday on a Zoom call with local media. "I tell him as much as I can, 'There’s nothing like that feeling of winning for your city.' That’s what we want to see the most."
They might seem like an unlikely pair, Amendola and Golladay, separated in age by eight years. (And by about eight inches in height.) But they're driven by the same desire to win, and the same conviction that nothing else matters. Figures they were born just one day apart in November.
In Amendola, a two-time Super Bowl champ, Golladay sees what it takes to succeed. And Amendola sees in Golladay the talent that can take his career to even greater heights.
"Kenny can be really good, and Kenny is really good," Amendolda said. "What I love about Kenny is he’s a dog. He plays the game very physical and he’s a great teammate. The sky’s the limit for Kenny. It’s just a matter of getting out there and getting years under his belt."
Last year was a big one. Golladay led the NFL in receiving touchdowns, and cracked 1,000 yards for the second season in a row. Before Stafford went down in Week 9 with a back injury, Golladay and Amendola were part of a passing attack that was clicking on all cylinders. The offense is eager to get the ball rolling again in year two under Darrell Bevell.
"Definitely feel like we formed some experience together," Amendola said. "We got into the room this time last year and didn’t know much about the offense, didn’t know about our identity. It was a work in progress.
"We’ve been speaking the same language as an offense for a year now, so we’re getting more comfortable and we’re excited to see where this thing goes."
To the playoffs? To a division title? That's the goal for Amendola and Golladay, two like-minded dudes hungry for something more.
"That’s what inspires us, that’s what pushes us day in and day out," Amendola said. "We want to win for our club, for our city and we want to represent Detroit."