Brandon LaFell WR NE 7 Days
LaFell was on the field for 30-of-72 snaps on offense in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, recording two catches (on five targets) for 14 yards.
With Aaron Dobson still sidelined, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Kenbrell Thompkins opened up the game as starters at wideout for the Patriots on Friday. That said, we suspect that LaFell's roster spot is secure, though with so many mouths to feed in the offense -- especially when Dobson and TE Rob Gronkowski return to the mix -- he figures to be a hit-or-miss option out of the gate.
Brandon LaFell WR NE 15 Days
LaFell is coming off a strong week of practice, the Boston Herald reports.
While LaFell slots in behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola in the Patriots' WR pecking order, at 6-2, 210 pounds, he could carve out some value in deeper leagues if he develops good red zone chemistry with QB Tom Brady as the regular season progresses. With that in mind, the likelihood and frequency with which that might occur is presumably tied to the availability/health of TE Rob Gronkowski and fellow wideout Aaron Dobson.
Brandon LaFell WR NE 24 Days1 Comment
LaFell had a strong practice Tuesday, with quarterback Tom Brady noting that the veteran wideout "made a lot of plays out there" during the team's workout, ESPN.com reports.
While LaFell presumably slots in behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola in both real and fantasy terms, his 6-2, 210-pound frame adds a different element to the Patriots' offense that the aforementioned duo does and as long as the 6-3, 200-pound Aaron Dobson is hobbled, LaFell remains in the team's No. 3 wideout equation, along with Kenbrell Thompkins.
Brandon LaFell WR NE 1 Month
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).
Brandon LaFell WR NE 2 Months3 Comments
The Boston Globe reports Brandon LaFell could be playing the Aaron Hernandez role in the Patriots' offense this season.
Brandon LaFell WR NE 3 Months3 Comments
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.
Brandon LaFell WR NE 5 Months
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.
Brandon LaFell WR NE 6 Months2 Comments
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.
Brandon LaFell WR NE 6 Months1 Comment
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.
Brandon LaFell WR NE 6 Months1 Comment
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.