Miami Dolphins DB Walt Aikens warms up to ex-Patriot Danny Amendola

Walt Aikens had some nice battles with new teammate Danny Amendola. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins couldn’t stand Danny Amendola until they finally signed him.

He was a pest for years in New England, causing problems for Miami as a slot receiver and as a return man on special teams. Cornerback Bobby McCain, who got ejected for fighting Amendola last season, said he was his second-most hated player in the NFL (nobody will knock Tom Brady out of the top spot) prior to him joining the Dolphins this offseason.

Walt Aikens had a few clashes with Amendola, too. Most of those took place on special teams, where Aikens has been one of Miami’s best cover men.

“It wasn’t as personal as Bobby and Danny,” a grinning Aikens said after today’s Organized Team Activities practice. “Me and Amendola had some words every few punts or (kick returns).

“We actually ran into each other; it was like three years back. I think it was in New England. He tried to block me, and I made my presence be known. I like to joke with him about that one.”

Unfortunately, nothing turns up on YouTube when searching their names together, but it sounds like Aikens must have leveled him.

That’s all in the past now, of course, and Aikens has come to enjoy Amendola just like McCain has. He also likes the idea of what he can do for the Dolphins’ offense.

“He’s a good dude,” Aikens said. “He’s a nice asset to this team – a hard worker, goes out. You’re going to get the same person every day. Ultimately, he’s going to make this defense better being that he came from a system that can score and (had a) high-powered offense. He’s here now. We’re going to see what he’s got.”

In nine games against the Dolphins over the last five years, Amendola caught 31 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. At 32 years old, he’s coming off a season of 61 receptions, 659 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots.

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