DAVIE — Danny Amendola may toss a helmet or cuss himself loudly during a May practice, but don’t be alarmed.
For Amendola, it’s just part of the process.
“I’ve always been that kid, really,” Amendola said Thursday.
Miami’s newest slot receiver demands a lot of himself. And when he makes a mistake, look out.
“It’s the mentality you bring to the field every day,” Amendola said. “You want to bring an atmosphere that is conducive to winning. Practice at a championship level. Whether that’s an individual drill or the open of practice. You want to be perfect. You want to practice with great fundamentals. That’s what it’s about.”
Amendola and veteran Kenny Stills are setting a positive tone for the younger receivers in the room.
“Whatever I can do to help, on the field, or off the field, I’m always willing to help out my teammates,” Amendola said.
But why get so revved up about a practice — we’re talkin’ about, well, you know.
“Just try to bring intensity to practice in every drill,” he said. “Practice at a high level. I feel like if you practice at a high level in OTA’s and in camp and bring that into the season, then it correlates to how you play on the field on Sunday.”
Amendola has been impressed by the overall team speed on offense, including Jakeem Grant, Kenny Stills, Kenyan Drake and Albert Wilson.
“They are fast,” Amendola said. “Whoever crosses the line first. Jakeem is fast dude for sure. We’ve got a bunch of guys that can fly.”
Amendola ran a 4.58 in college, which is quick, but not as fast as the others.
“That was a long time ago,” Amendola said. “I’m faster now than I was in college.”
Amendola also knows what coaches often say — running fast doesn’t matter if you don’t know where to run.
“You have to know how to play football,” he said. “Football is not track. You see guys that aren’t necessarily the fastest guys on paper. But good football players. And that’s it. Every guy is different. Preparation goes into your routes. And knowing where to go, and when to go, your steps, and depending on the coverage and how smart you are, and where to be at the right time. A lot goes into being a good football player. And that can make up for a lack of speed or you know, track speed or whatever.”