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Brandon LaFell's "inconsistent hands" have "drawn notice" early at Patriots camp.

LaFell had eight drops on 90 targets last season. As a new player in the Patriots offense, he's going to have to shine in camp to climb the depth chart. LaFell is starting off at least behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, and will also eventually be leapfrogged by Aaron Dobson (day to day, foot).

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The Boston Globe reports Brandon LaFell could be playing the Aaron Hernandez role in the Patriots' offense this season.

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New Patriots WR Brandon LaFell admitted his head is "spinning."

First-year players in the Patriots' scheme annually have a lot on their plate. LaFell is no different as he competes for snaps with Aaron Dobson on the outside and Danny Amendola/Julian Edelman inside. Barring something unexpected in training camp, we're expecting LaFell to enter Week 1 as the No. 4 receiver.

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Brandon LaFell's contract with the Patriots included a $3 million signing bonus.

It's a substantial enough sum that the Boston Herald considers LaFell a "lock" to make the final roster. He'll battle Aaron Dobson for the starting "X" job and also provide support to Julian Edelman/Danny Amendola in the slot. That leaves Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce to fight for one roster spot.

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ESPN Boston expects newly acquired Brandon LaFell a possibility to start at the "X" position with the Patriots.

Despite going 6'2/210, LaFell operated out of the slot a lot in Carolina. But with Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola the clear-cut top-two at that position in New England, LaFell will focus on the perimeter. There, he'll battle Aaron Dobson (who is coming off foot surgery) and Kenbrell Thompkins. As long as Dobson is healthy, we'd expect him to beat out LaFell.

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The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers have begun negotiations with free agent WR Brandon LaFell.

After cutting Steve Smith and striking out on Hakeem Nicks, the Panthers are in something of a desperate situation at wide receiver. Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt are currently the top two receivers on a depth chart devoid of talent and experience, and re-signing LaFell would do little to change that reality. The handling of Steve Smith and the decision to release him looks worse and worse by the day. Unless something dramatic happens, Cam Newton has to be viewed as a risky option heading into 2014.

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The New York Daily News reports the Jets "have had several discussions" with free agent Brandon LaFell's camp but have yet to schedule a visit.

It's a testament to just how bad the free-agent receiver market is when LaFell has a hot market. LaFell has been an utter disappointment since being a 2010 third-rounder. He never took the next step in Carolina and seems to have plateaued as a No. 3 receiver. Even the Panthers, who are the most desperate team in the league for receivers, haven't made a strong effort to re-sign LaFell.

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The Panthers are reportedly interested in bringing back free agent WR Brandon LaFell.

LaFell is attracting a lot of attention for a drop-prone blocking wideout that has never topped 49 catches or 677 yards in his career. The Patriots, Broncos, Jets and now Panthers are all in the mix here. We hope Carolina doesn't want him back in the No. 2 role he played last year.

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The Broncos are reportedly showing "huge interest" in free agent WR Brandon LaFell.

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Free agent WR Brandon LaFell is visiting the Patriots Wednesday.

Tom Brady should be bubbling over with frustration. The Patriots failed to pony up the cash for Wes Welker last season and appear poised to follow the same path with Julian Edelman this year. LaFell is another backup-caliber outside receiver that wouldn't be an upgrade on the likes of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. LaFell's best work comes as a run blocker.