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WR Brandon LaFell - New England Patriots

6-3, 211Born: 11-4-1986College: LSUDrafted: Round 3

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 19): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 16: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is an AFC East grudge match, so season records aren't really relevant - the Jets and the Patriots play each other tough every time they clash. Their last meeting was in Week Seven, when the Patriots prevailed 27-25 by blocking a last-second field-goal attempt by the Jets. Tom Brady bombed New York with 20/37 for 261 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with one sack for -1 yards, finding Danny Amendola (three for 1/19/1 receiving) and Shane Vereen (eight for 5/72/2 receiving) for the TD catches. Since Week Seven the Patriots have won six and lost one game thanks to Brady's prowess as a passer - last week, New England threw 21/35 for 287 yards passing, two TDs and one interception against the Dolphins. Rob Gronkowski (eight targets for 3/96/1 receiving), Julian Edelman (10 for 7/88/1) and Brandon LaFell (eight for 6/66/0) combined to handle most of the targets from Brady last week. The Jets' pass D is ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 242.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 29 passing scores given up vs. a mere five interceptions and 34 sacks generated (tied for next-to-last in the NFL and 13th in the NFL, respectively). Last week, Tennessee managed 16/35 for 253 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack taken for -7 yards. This is a good matchup for the Patriots despite being on the road to MetLife Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs DET 0 0 0 12 9 98 0 0
13 at GB 0 0 0 7 5 38 2 0
14 at SD 0 0 0 9 4 41 0 1
15 vs MIA 0 0 0 8 6 66 0 0
16 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
16 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
16 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs GB (7 / 5 / 38 / 2 rec)

Brandon LaFell's biggest contributions were his two touchdowns, as his day was relatively quiet from a yardage standpoint. His first touchdown was a solid route that saw him fake inside then cut outside, creating separation for an easy score. His second was a 15 yard back shoulder catch that saw Brady buy time and pump fake to allow LaFell to get open. Other than that, credit the Packers line for pressuring Brady, limiting his chances on timing routes to LaFell.

2014 Week 14 vs SD (9 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)

Not LaFell's best day, as there were more minuses than plusses on the day. Back shoulder timing routes with Tom Brady have been LaFell's strong point for much of the season, but they were off for the entire day. LaFell also lost a costly fumble that the Chargers returned for a long touchdown, and if the Patriots defense hadn't been playing lights out, that fumble could have easily cost the Patriots the game. A day to forget for LaFell, who should have better ones ahead. He did have a crucial block on Julian Edelman's long touchdown, something that shouldn't be overlooked.

2014 Week 15 vs MIA (8 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)

A fairly unassuming day for LaFell, as he operated with his usual chunk plays. Brady's interception was intended for LaFell, but was Brady's fault and not the receivers, as the ball never reached close to LaFell. Other than that, there weren't any critical plays or errors on LaFell's part - just an average day at the office.


Latest News

Patriots | Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell questionable (Fri Dec 19, 05:11 PM) - New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder) were both limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets.

Our View: Edelman should be good to go for Sunday in a terrific matchup, but check back in to be sure on Sunday morning.
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Patriots | Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell limited (Thu Dec 18, 04:58 PM) - New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder) were both limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 18.

Our View: We see Edelman as a WR2 with upside this week and LaFell as a low-end WR2. Both face very little in the way of opposition from the Jets 'secondary' which is in quotes because it's really just a title, not a description of what they do.
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Patriots | Brandon LaFell limited Wednesday (Wed Dec 17, 04:25 PM) - New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Our View: LaFell could make for a nice WR2 with upside this week. The Patriots are playing a bad Jets secondary in Week 16, and LaFell could have a nice day.
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Patriots | Brandon LaFell will dress (Sun Dec 14, 12:15 PM) - New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) is active for the team's Week 15 game.

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Patriots | Brandon LaFell listed as questionable (Fri Dec 12, 05:52 PM) - New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Our View: LaFell has been pretty steady this year and he makes for a solid WR3/Flex option as long as he is active against the Dolphins.
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