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
2017 Week 17 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
LaFell dropped an attempted screen pass that looked like it would have gone for a solid gain. He grabbed a 22-yard pass on an out route down the left sideline. While it won't show up on the stat sheet, LaFell was key on the game-winning drive, drawing a pair of holding penalties in the final minutes of the game.
2017 Week 16 vs DET (6 / 4 / 8 / 0 rec)
LaFell was mostly targeted on short passes, including a failed screen attempt and a shovel pass that was blown up for a loss. LaFell did draw a 24-yard pass interference penalty on a deep pass down the seam.
2017 Week 15 vs MIN (6 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)
LaFell had a bad drop early on a crossing route. He had the only long gain of the day on a 45-yard catch and run down the seam.
2017 Week 14 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)
LaFell scored a 14-yard touchdown on a nice play design. He lined up in the slot with two receivers stacked outside of him. One faked a screen while the other ran a slant that picked LaFell's defender and allowed him to get wide open on an out route to the corner of the end zone.
2017 Week 13 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
LaFell was again a go-to option for Dalton in the passing game. He made a beautiful toe-tap catch deep down the sideline on a gain that went for 27 yards. Dalton tried to force it into LaFell in the end zone despite double coverage and the play was easily broken up.
2017 Week 12 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
LaFell remains the clear second option in the passing game behind Green and was second on the team in targets. He is the Bengals most dangerous receiver after the catch and the Bengals scheme multiple times per game to get him the ball in space. He picked up gains of 15 and 5 yards on screen passes. LaFell drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone when Jason McCourty grabbed him.
2017 Week 11 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
LaFell very nearly scored a 64-yard touchdown. He caught a deep crossing route and was able to stay on his feet despite a big hit and keep his balance. He wasn't quite able to keep his foot off of the sideline on the 29-yard reception. LaFell was in the clear for the touchdown if his foot wouldn't have clipped the line. LaFell made a nice 3rd-down catch and run on a slant for a 6-yard gain, powering through a tackler to get past the sticks.
2017 Week 10 vs TEN (10 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)
LaFell played all but three snaps and was a big part of the game plan, with the Bengals offense getting the ball into his hands on some designed plays. He went for a short gain on a wide receiver screen early. LaFell benefitted from a slick play design that led to a busted coverage for a 37-yard touchdown catch. The Bengals faked a handoff to Mixon and then fake a reverse to the wide receiver on the short side of the field before Dalton spun to throw downfield. None of the Titans defensive backs were within five yards of LaFell on his deep post and he easily hauled in the deep touchdown. He nearly broke off another long touchdown on another nice play design. He lined up offset behind the line and the Bengals ran a variation of the triple option with Dalton and Mixon running option right and LaFell sneaking behind the line and taking the forward toss from Dalton for 25 yards. He nearly broke the tackle of the deep safety but was dragged down by his shoelaces at the 35-yard line.
2017 Week 9 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
LaFell played all but one offensive snap and caught both of his targets. He has played much more from the slot in recent weeks (since Tyler Boyd went down with injury), as the Bengals have increasingly been using rookie Josh Malone on the outside opposite A.J. Green when the team goes to three-wide receiver sets.
2017 Week 8 vs IND (5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
LaFell was again solid. He did most of his damage in the middle of the field on crossing routes and slants.
2017 Week 7 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 28 / 1 rec)
LaFell led the Bengals in targets. He ran a great route with a quick fake to the outside before cutting inside to slide between two defenders and generate a little bit of separation and then make a tough catch in traffic for a 6-yard touchdown. LaFell almost had a second touchdown catch but was shoved out a yard shy of the end zone on a 9-yard reception.
2017 Week 5 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
LaFell was solid as the secondary option in the offense. He converted an early third-down with a sliding catch over the middle. The corner had tight coverage but Dalton threw it low and away where only LaFell could make a play on it and he reached back to snag the ball inches off the ground.
2017 Week 4 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
LaFell had another quiet game. He took a quick wide receiver screen pass for eight yards in the second quarter. He caught an out-route for nine yards on the same drive but that was it for the day.
2017 Week 3 vs GB (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
LaFell's only catch came on a quick out on the final drive of regulation. In the final minutes, Dalton took a deep shot in the end zone toward LaFell after a play-action fake but overthrew him. It was a quiet outing for the Bengals secondary players as the team focused on running the offense through Green and Mixon.
2017 Week 2 vs HOU (7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
LaFell played extensively and was generally solid. He made a diving catch on a short gain. He was open for what should have been a 20-yard pickup, but Dalton misfired badly.
2017 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
LaFell had a quiet day, but it was a positive sign that Dalton looked his way twice in the end zone. On the first play, Dalton looked for LaFell in the middle of the end zone, but linebacker C.J. Mosely sunk underneath and made a leaping interception. A couple drives later, LaFell was open in the end zone and Dalton attempted to get it to him but the ball was tipped out of his hand from behind before he could get the throw off.
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