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Danny Amendola rebuffs reports of dissension among Patriots’ leading trio

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Danny Amendola warms up before the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Patriots team owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady “all work together really well,” according to wide receiver Danny Amendola.

Although a few reports throughout the season indicated otherwise, Amendola seemed to have no hesitation when praising the three leaders behind New England’s five Super Bowl championships.

“The one thing I have learned just by being in the building the last five years, they have the top-tier three pillars,” he said at Bryant University Tuesday night. “They have the best owner, they have the best coach, and they have the best quarterback. They all work together really well, despite reports which I can say are B.S.”

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While all parties were quick to reject the reports of internal conflict, Kraft also told NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer, ahead of Super Bowl LII, he believed a “certain amount of tension can make great things happen.” Amendola, however, attributed the Patriots’ success to “unity” and “solidarity.”

“Without unity or solidarity, it’s really hard to form a team on the same page,” he said. “I’ve played for three other organizations and nowhere where I’ve been is similar and there is a reason why they’re successful and that’s it.”

The 32-year-old is set to become a free agent this year, with hopes of returning to the Patriots, but understands “it’s a business” at the end of the day. Amendola has played nine NFL seasons, including five in New England.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I definitely want to be here. To tell you the truth, I don’t want to leave. But it’s a business. I’ve learned that.