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Brandon LaFell | Wide Receiver

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
College: LSU
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Brandon LaFell secured zero of his six targets in New England's Week 1 loss to the Dolphins.
A typically inefficient day from the ex-Panther, though an inaccurate Tom Brady deserves part of the blame. It's not impossible that LaFell could be a healthy scratch for Week 2 after Aaron Dobson received the designation for Week 1. That being said, LaFell has his work on special teams working in his favor. LaFell has no fantasy value. Sep 7 - 6:58 PM

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Patriots WR Brandon LaFell caught 2-of-5 targets for 14 yards against the Panthers Friday night.

LaFell slipped on one of his targets, and had another bounce off his hands. On the bright side, LaFell saw extensive work with the first-team offense, and Tom Brady seems to feel comfortable targeting him. LaFell is unlikely to be a fantasy contributor this season, but he could be a good real-football player for the Patriots. LaFell has six catches for 59 yards this preseason.
Aug 22 - 11:53 PM

Coach Bill Belichick praised Brandon LaFell for his work on special teams.

Belichick has a fondness for players that can contribute in multiple areas. "I think he’ll be able to carve out a role for himself here," Belichick said. "It might be a big one, I don’t know, we’ll see." LaFell has also started to gel with Tom Brady in the passing game. But his main contributions might not show up in the box score this season. LaFell is battling for the No. 3 or 4 receiver spot.
Aug 20 - 4:13 PM

Brandon LaFell said he's feeling much more comfortable in the Patriots' offense after admittedly being "shell-shocked" at OTAs.

LaFell has reeled in 4-of-7 targets for 45 yards and one touchdown through two preseason games and has been drawing praise from Tom Brady. Coach Bill Belichick has said he could have a "big" role. LaFell's locker is now situated right next to Brady, with youngster Aaron Dobson on the other side of the quarterback. LaFell's a strong blocker, but has displayed shaky hands in the past. He's battling for one of the spots behind Julian Edelman.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 19 - 3:36 PM

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).
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 27 - 7:33 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
K1Stephen Gostkowski