QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
4 days ago

LaFell (hand) participated in practice on Sunday, Jim Owczarski of the Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

LaFell is dealing with ligament damage in his right hand, but expects to play through the injury for the time being. Coach Marvin Lewis indicated earlier in the week that it wouldn't cost LaFell any regular season action, so it appears he's not at risk of missing significant time. He was back at practice Sunday and barring any setbacks, he should continue to start opposite A.J. Green.

QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
1 week ago

Though LaFell is reportedly dealing with ligament damage in his right hand, coach Marvin Lewis doesn't expect the wideout to miss the Bengals' regular season opener against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Supporting that notion is a Cincinnati Enquirer report indicating that the "initial outlook is that LaFell will manage the injury without surgery." In any case, LaFell seems unlikely to play in Thursday night's preseason game against the Lions. Rookie Tyler Boyd and veteran Brandon Tate are the main candidates to see extra wideout reps when LaFell either sits out action or is limited at practice.

QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
1 week ago

Coach Marvin Lewis indicated Tuesday that he doesn't expect LaFell (hand) to miss the Bengals' season opener.

EDGE Analysis

Lewis' assertion arrives on the heels of a report that LaFell could potentially undergo a non-season ending procedure to repair a ligament in his hand. There's also the possibility that LaFell could opt to approach the issue through rehab and play through his injury, but in any case, this is yet another hit to the Bengals' pass-catching corps, which bid adieu to Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones this offseason and is currently without the services of top tight end Tyler Eifert (PUP/ankle). Top candidates to see extra reps at wideout should LaFell miss any practice/preseason action are rookie Tyler Boyd and Brandon Tate.

QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
1 week ago

LaFell has a torn ligament in his hand and may need surgery, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although the procedure wouldn't be season-ending, it would presumably threaten LaFell's Week 1 availability. He may still be able to avoid surgery, which would be quite useful for a Cincinnati team that's already in danger of starting the season without TE Tyler Eifert (ankle). LaFell has been competing with second-round selection Tyler Boyd for a starting job, but the rookie may now have no choice but to step into an immediate leading role. LaFell isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Lions, ESPN's Coley Harvey reports.

QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
1 week ago

LaFell was not targeted in Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

The lack of involvement isn't concerning, as Andy Dalton only played one drive and attempted five passes, with four of those going to A.J. Green. However, LaFell is trying to hold off second-round rookie Tyler Boyd, who caught one of two targets for a 40-yard gain while playing with the second-team offense. The Bengals might consider rotating the two receivers in two-wide formations, and both figure to play most of the snaps in three-wide sets.

QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
2 months ago

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said LaFell has picked up the offense quickly, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

After losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in the early days of free agency, the Bengals signed LaFell to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, and then drafted Tyler Boyd in the second round. LaFell worked with the first-team offense throughout the offseason program, but it's possible the rookie could push him for snaps with a strong camp. LaFell and/or Boyd may be in line for more targets than previously expected, as TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is uncertain for the start of the season.

QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
5 months ago

The Bengals and LaFell agreed to a contract Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cincinnati's receiving corps was laid bare in the opening days of free agency, as Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu landed elsewhere. There was little doubt that the front office would make a move for a veteran presence in advance of the NFL Draft, and LaFell should serve capably, but without flash. In six seasons with the Panthers and Patriots, he averaged 13.9 YPC while reaching the end zone 20 times in 87 games.

QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
6 months ago

The Patriots have released LaFell, CSN New England reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Patriots also released tight end Scott Chandler, with the moves slated to provide the team with $4.6 million in salary cap savings for 2016. LaFell will now look to catch on elsewhere, though after a 2015 campaign in which he was limited to 37 catches for 515 yards in 11 games, a bounce-back on the part of the 29-year-old wideout will hinge on a return to full health and finding a key role in a productive offense.

QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
7 months ago

LaFell was on the field for 33 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fellow wideouts Julian Edelman (80), Keshawn Martin (59) and Danny Amendola (55) all saw more snaps than LaFell did on Sunday, and at this stage the 29-year-old's role in the Patriots' offense next season lacks clarity, given the probability that the team will make some changes this offseason at the wideout position. LaFell, who did not catch a pass Sunday, finished up the 2015 campaign with 37 catches for 515 yards in 11 games.

QBrandon LaFell
WR CIN (9)
8 months ago

LaFell was on the field for 57 of the Patriots' 60 snaps on offense in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Dolphins, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 57 snaps were a team-high among the team's wideouts in Week 17, though the team's passing game never really got going Sunday, resulting in just two catches for seven yards on four targets for LaFell. Looking ahead to the postseason, LaFell remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option, but perhaps the looming return of fellow wideout Julian Edelman will help spark the team's passing attack in general, which can only help LaFell's chances to produce.