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Brandon LaFell | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
College: LSU
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (78) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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Recent News's Katherine Terrell suggests the Bengals are still uncertain who will start at receiver opposite A.J. Green.
Brandon LaFell opened camp as the favorite for No. 2 duties but Terrell believes his hand injury has made the situation "a little more muddled." Meanwhile rookie Tyler Boyd has had a productive preseason while drawing praise from WRs coach James Urban. "He's a natural football player," said Urban. "He has great football instincts." LaFell and Boyd aren't projected to be major fantasy assets, though both players should be more involved during Tyler Eifert's absence. Aug 24 - 5:29 PM

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Brandon LaFell (hand) is participating in Bengals practice Sunday.

LaFell is dealing with a torn ligament in his hand, but intends to play through it. For an already drop-prone player, it will be interesting to see whether LaFell can consistently catch the ball playing with this injury. At present, LaFell seems to be likely to play in Week 1. His effectiveness is in doubt, however.
Aug 21 - 4:07 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis does not expect Brandon LaFell (hand) to miss Week 1.

LaFell reportedly has a torn ligament in his hand which could require surgery. Since an operation would almost certainly knock him out for the opener, Lewis' comments could mean LaFell will avoid surgery. Brandon Tate started opposite A.J. Green with LaFell sidelined during the preseason opener, but rookie Tyler Boyd will likely take most of his reps.
Aug 16 - 12:11 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports Brandon LaFell has a torn ligament in his hand.

LaFell sat out the preseason opener and had not been practicing this week. Now we know why. Garafolo reports it is possible LaFell has surgery to repair the issue, but the injury is not expected to be a season-ender. With LaFell out last week, Brandon Tate started in two-wide sets opposite A.J. Green with Tyler Boyd in the slot. With LaFell now out indefinitely, it is likely the Bengals move Boyd outside.
Aug 16 - 11:45 AM's Geoff Hobson reports Brandon LaFell has "been flashing more and more" as of late.

LaFell struggled with drops early in camp -- he reportedly dropped another two balls on Monday -- but he has now started to make plays around those drops. If he can provide a reasonable threat opposite A.J. Green, the Bengals will be happy to live with his balky hands. LaFell has some big-time target upside in an offense desperate for pass catchers.
Aug 9 - 8:14 AM

Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is listed as a starter opposite A.J. Green.

Second-rounder Tyler Boyd has gotten all the summer ink, but LaFell has been the most obvious candidate to line up alongside Green all along. Boyd is trying to nail down the slot. LaFell had a nightmarish 2015 in New England, but struggled with his health early on. He could rebound as a WR3/4 in an offense that has tons of targets to distribute with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu gone and Tyler Eifert injured.
Aug 8 - 3:04 PM

Brandon LaFell says he’s acclimated to the Bengals’ offense.

LaFell was targeted behind only A.J. Green this spring with Tyler Eifert sidelined. The Bengals are limiting rookie Tyler Boyd to the slot, so there’s some early-season value to his role if Eifert isn’t ready for Week 1. LaFell was a drop-heavy disaster in 2015, but should see a lot of single coverage.
Jun 25 - 2:49 PM

Brandon LaFell said he and Andy Dalton are on the same page.

"I’ve been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now," LaFell said, "so we’ve got the timing down and it’s been showing in practice every day." Drops were reportedly again an issue for LaFell during the offseason program, but he is locked in as the No. 2 receiver opposite A.J. Green. That spot should earn him plenty of single coverage and a healthy amount of targets as well.
Jun 21 - 10:27 AM's Geoff Hobson reports Brandon LaFell has dealt with some drops at OTAs.

LaFell has never had good hands, but his 2015 was ruined by several drops in key situations. It is concerning those issues have popped up again so early in his Bengals career, but the team thinks more time in the system will help with his consistency. Even if the drops remain a concern, LaFell is a sneaky bet for 100 targets as the starter opposite A.J. Green.
Jun 11 - 10:11 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects Brandon LaFell to start over rookie Tyler Boyd this season.

This could change if Boyd has a big training camp, but for now LaFell is running with the ones and in the driver's seat to replace Marvin Jones opposite A.J. Green. A second-round pick out of Pitt, Boyd is a finesse receiver with limited run-after-catch skills whose fit in the slot is questionable. The Bengals have a boatload of unaccounted-for targets after losing Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, and Tyler Eifert to offseason ankle surgery.
May 31 - 5:37 PM

Brandon LaFell's one-year contract is worth $2.5 million.

Speaking Thursday, LaFell said the receiver-needy Bengals want to play him all over the field, including the slot. LaFell played about a quarter of his snaps in the slot for the Patriots last season, but was primarily a boundary threat. He featured more in the slot in Carolina. There are targets there for the taking in a receiver corps that's replacing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
Mar 31 - 3:23 PM

Bengals signed WR Brandon LaFell.

LaFell gives the Bengals a veteran behind A.J. Green after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. He's coming off a highly ineffective 2015 with the Patriots, but is one year removed from a 74-catch season. LaFell has some bounce-back potential as a possession complement to Green in Cincy's high-scoring offense. He'll likely need to hold off an early-round rookie in training camp.
Mar 30 - 4:07 PM reports the Bengals and free agent Brandon LaFell are "closing in on striking a deal."

Cincinnati's pursuit of LaFell made sense from the get-go. They have 152 targets to replace after losing both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, and LaFell is a worthwhile bounce-back target following a drop- and injury-filled 2015 season. The year before, LaFell set career highs in catches (74), yards (953), and touchdowns (7), and was a key role player for the Super Bowl 49 champion Patriots. From a fantasy standpoint, Cincinnati is about as good a landing spot as it could get for LaFell at this stage of free agency.
Mar 23 - 7:00 AM

Free agent Brandon LaFell will visit the Bengals.

After losing both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu as free agents to the Lions and Falcons, respectively, the Bengals are in dire need of help behind A.J. Green. As it stands now, veteran Brandon Tate and 2015 seventh-rounder Mario Alford are next up on the depth chart. LaFell had a miserable 2015 coming off foot surgery after a strong 2014 with the Patriots.
Mar 16 - 11:12 AM

Patriots released WR Brandon LaFell.

LaFell played in only 11 games last year, but finished as one of the worst receivers in the league. He failed to score a touchdown on 74 targets and had the NFL's sixth-most drops. The Patriots should upgrade their wideout depth, but will move forward with Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin behind Julian Edelman. New England also released TE Scott Chandler. Combined with LaFell's release, the two moves clear up $4.85 million in salary cap space.
Mar 2 - 5:08 PM

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