WR Brandon LaFell - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 11-4-1986||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 20 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In a long overdue move, LaFell was benched and thrust into the #4 receiver role, barely seeing any snaps.
2015 Week 19 vs KC (5 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
Clearly a shell of his 2014 self, Brandon LaFell was once again fairly useless, committing a couple drops and generally unable to get open. He won't be too relevant as long as Gronk and Edelman are healthy.
2015 Week 17 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
LaFell's miserable 2015 ends with another clunker, as he was able to do next to nothing with his targets and catches. As usual, the Brady-LaFell deep connection also missed a couple times. Ideally, LaFell will be a bit player in the playoffs.
2015 Week 16 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Even with opportunity abound, Brandon LaFell continues to disappoint, as he was 5th in the target totem pole behind the likes of Brandon Bolden and Keshawn Martin.
2015 Week 15 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 88 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Though he led the Patriots in yardage, 2 of LaFell's 4 catches were manufactured on screens, a sign that the Patriots may believe his best trait is YAC versus getting separation or route running. LaFell caught a crosser early in the game for a decent game, and actually connected with Tom Brady on a deep ball for the first time in a while. LaFell should hope to build on his day in the coming weeks, but he's displayed inconsistency so far in 2015.
2015 Week 14 vs HOU (8 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
Almost all of LaFell's catches were screens, hence his low yards per catch total. LaFell also had a patented blatant drop in the third quarter that would have gone for around 10 yards, keeping consistent with his play all year. He doesn't appear to be improving, but the coaches have attempted to mask this with screens.
2015 Week 13 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
There's below average, there's bad, and there's how Brandon LaFell played against the Eagles. Continually getting no separation, miscommunications with Tom Brady, critical drops, and more were all in play for the wide receiver. If the Patriots had more depth, there would be little doubt that LaFell wouldn't be seeing the snaps he is. Unfortunately, with injuries, he has to be on the field, and it's not working well at all. On one deep ball he could have caught, LaFell simply stopped his route, and ended up narrowly missing a catch. One of Brady's interceptions was a miscommunicated deep throw to LaFell. It's clear LaFell may not get back to his 2014 form, which is sad since has the opportunity to shine right now.
2015 Week 12 vs DEN (9 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Though he was targeted a host of times, Brandon LaFell had a mediocre day. Many of his targets were deep balls, which was curious given that he's not a burner and didn't have defensive backs soundly beat on any of the plays. He did narrowly miss one or two of them, but all in all, it was a disappointing day given the potential role he had.
2015 Week 11 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Though he had opportunity, Lafell actually appeared to be benched for a part of the game against the Bills, and was largely ineffective, struggling to get separation. Part of the blame for his stat line is because the Patriots allowed Tom Brady no time to throw and Lafell tends to run more intermediate routes. Still, it was a mediocre day, but with a potential Danny Amendola injury, Lafell may be thrust into the #1 receiver role.
2015 Week 10 vs NYG (6 / 2 / 66 / 0 rec)
There were two key plays for LaFell, who had a relatively quiet day. The first was a defensive pass interference from the 4 in the endzone, potentially robbing him of a touchdown. The second was a 54 yard deep connection that actually saw a defender get fingertips on the ball in the air. LaFell still managed to concentrate and catch the ball. Going forward, LaFell will play a ton of snaps with the injury to Julian Edelman
2015 Week 9 vs WAS (9 / 5 / 102 / 0 rec)
LaFell continues to get acclimated to the offense, and looks to be over the rust he displayed just a couple games ago. He actually led the Patriots in targets, and barely missed a deep touchdown because Tom Brady wasn't able to step into a throw. The play still resulted in a deep gain of nearly 50 yards, but LaFell has a sizeable role going forward.
2015 Week 8 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Still rounding into form after being activated off the PuP, LaFell's biggest contribution may have been a block that helped Rob Gronkowski score on a 47 yard touchdown play. He also had a nice 25 yard catch where he beat his defender on a go route. Beyond that, LaFell was 4th in the pecking order in terms of catching passes, but the good news is that Aaron Dobson stole less snaps than last week.
2015 Week 7 vs NYJ (8 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Ugly, ugly, ugly. Brandon LaFell committed 6 drops against the Jets in his first game of the 2015 season, as his rust was on full display. Some of the passes would have been tough catches, but some of them were stone clankers right off his hands. On the plus side for him, LaFell could have had a deep touchdown, but was overthrown on the play. LaFell should get better as the season goes on, but the rust may take a couple more weeks to shake.
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