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Brandon LaFell | Wide Receiver

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
College: LSU
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The Boston Globe suggests Brandon LaFell could play the Aaron Hernandez role in the Patriots' offense this season.
"He played all of our wide receiver positions, plus he knew the tight end position," LaFell's ex-coach Ron Rivera said. LaFell stands in 6-foot-2, 210 and manned the slot in three-wide sets for the Panthers the past four seasons. He's also a willing blocker. The Patriots are extremely shallow at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski. LaFell isn't going to put up Hernandez numbers, but he could have a significant role. This is a situation to monitor in August. Jun 20 - 11:45 AM

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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.
Jun 9 - 8:34 AM

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 possibly fighting for one roster spot.
Mar 24 - 10:08 AM

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.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 17 - 8:42 AM

Patriots signed WR Brandon LaFell to a three-year, $11 million contract.

LaFell gives the Patriots another receiver to compete with Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. A disappointing four-year player, LaFell posted 49 catches, 627 yards, and five touchdowns with Carolina last season. LaFell won't be higher than the No. 3 wideout in New England and will struggle for consistent snaps. The Panthers have now lost their top four receivers to free agency and currently have Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt atop their depth chart.
Mar 15 - 10:46 PM

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 receiver. Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt are currently the top two wideouts on a depth chart devoid of talent and experience. LaFell would be Carolina's clear-cut No. 1. The handling of Steve Smith and decision to release him look worse and worse by the day.
Mar 15 - 10:45 AM

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 class 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.
Mar 14 - 11:11 AM

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.
Mar 13 - 9:43 AM

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

LaFell is in New England Wednesday visiting the Patriots. He couldn't take advantage of every-down single coverage in Carolina, but operating as the No. 3 receiver in Denver would be a whole other story. Even the stone-handed, blocking-minded LaFell would put up numbers.
Mar 12 - 12:56 PM

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.
Mar 12 - 9:11 AM

The Charlotte Observer anticipates free agent Brandon LaFell costing just $1 million per year.

LaFell is entering his fifth NFL season. A $1 million deal would essentially be the veteran minimum's salary plus a cheap signing bonus and a few incentives. LaFell is an effective run-blocking wideout, but lacks playmaking ability on the perimeter. NFL teams should not be targeting him as a 2014 starter.
Mar 9 - 3:42 PM

The Panthers are expected to let free agent Brandon LaFell reach the open market.

The Charlotte Observer believes LaFell could eventually be re-signed to a "shorter, team-friendly deal." At best, the stone-handed former third rounder is going to draw interest as a No. 3 receiver.
Feb 27 - 7:09 PM

The Charlotte Observer expects the Panthers to offer free agent Brandon LaFell a "team-friendly, one-year deal" to stay.

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman is tight on cap space following the Marty Hurney era, and LaFell obviously won't break the bank after a drop-filled, sub-650-yard contract season. Ideally, Carolina would acquire a No. 1 receiver of the future via the draft, and either let LaFell walk or retain him as a reserve.
Jan 20 - 3:09 PM

Impending free agent Brandon LaFell tried to work out an extension with the Panthers before the season.

LaFell and his agent were told by GM Dave Gettleman that no new contracts would be given out until after the season. And after LaFell once again flopped in a prime opportunity as the clear-cut No. 2 receiver, we wouldn't expect his market to be very warm. Fellow free agent Ted Ginn brings more value, and is likely to be a higher priority for Gettleman.
Jan 14 - 9:03 AM

Brandon LaFell caught four balls for 34 yards in the Panthers' playoff loss to the 49ers Sunday.

Steve Smith was spry early despite limited practice due to a knee injury, so LaFell reverted to his No. 3 pass-option role behind 89 and Greg Olsen. A disappointing four-year player, LaFell now enters unrestricted free agency coming off an eight-drop season. His career high in receiving yards is 677, set in 2012. Wideout-needy teams would be better off targeting LaFell as a No. 3 or 4 receiver rather than a starter. Lacking sure hands and playmaking ability after the catch, LaFell's Dynasty value is very limited.
Jan 12 - 4:30 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Ryan Mallett
3Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Reese Wiggins
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3D.J. Williams
4Justin Jones
5Asa Watson
K1Stephen Gostkowski