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Patriots Considering Lining up Brandon LaFell as TE in Hernandez Role


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#1 dgr81

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 01:48 PM

The Patriots don’t seem to have much at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski — Michael Hoomanawanui and undrafted rookies Justin Jones and Asa Watson — but watch out for LaFell playing the “Hernandez” role. “He played all of our wide receiver positions, plus he knew the tight end position,” his former coach, Ron Rivera, told me in March. LaFell was also a “want-to” blocker in Carolina, meaning he doesn’t mind getting physical in the run game. Patriots fans, meet your new Swiss Army Knife.

 

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#2 QCkilla

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 01:53 PM

What kind of Swiss Army Knife can't carry it's primary responsibility? ie: catching the ball


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#3 I Mean He Was Found Guilty

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 01:56 PM

He's gonna have like 900 yards and 8 TDs and this board will melt down.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 01:56 PM

he's always been a good crack back blocker close to the line



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 01:57 PM

his blocking>catching.... but his weight  will get him pushed around. this must be a camp solution. if not, our d line would totally flatten him.



#6 QCkilla

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 01:58 PM

LaFell blocking Kraken or CJ? Lol


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:06 PM

FUGGING. LOL.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:11 PM

I really don't care.



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:13 PM

LEAVES FRIENDS AND TEAM THAT DRAFTED HIM AND GAVE HIM TONS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO BE A NUMBER ONE RECEIVER BECAUSE THE MONEY WASN'T RIGHT.


JOINS TEAM WITH WINDOW CLOSING TO BE A 4TH RECEIVER/THIRD STRING TIGHT END.

#10 bigskypanthersguy

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:20 PM

Because moving a guy to TE when he couldn't get separation from linebackers is a good idea...



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:20 PM

LEAVES FRIENDS AND TEAM THAT DRAFTED HIM AND GAVE HIM TONS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO BE A NUMBER ONE RECEIVER BECAUSE THE MONEY WASN'T RIGHT.


JOINS TEAM WITH WINDOW CLOSING TO BE A 4TH RECEIVER/THIRD STRING TIGHT END.

 

Gettleman wasn't giving a 600 yard and 3-4 TD receiver a $9M contract with $3M guaranteed.  And that's what LaFell is.  He made a nice jump from his rookie to sophomore seasons, but he's had 3 consecutive years of those types of numbers.  That likely wasn't going to change in our system as he was given significant opportunity to do more.  When Smitty was out, the guy completely disappeared.



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:20 PM

I hope they like ill timed drops and tips that end up INTs because then they'll really like Brandon LaFell up there in New England.

 

edit: damn auto-correct


Edited by hepcat, 20 June 2014 - 02:20 PM.


#13 KendrickPanther

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:21 PM

What kind of Swiss Army Knife can't carry it's primary responsibility? ie: catching the ball


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Let's be honest. Swiss army knives could do many things, but none of them well. Maybe, maybe, I'll give the bottle opener props.

 

Lafell did Hernandez type things for us too. He would run the ball a couple times a year. Not very fast but pretty good at running guys over.



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:24 PM

It's really not that bad of an idea.

 



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:26 PM

when oh weee mayne pulls a ochocinco with the pats this year i might giggle a lil, not because i like to kick people when they're down, but because he ran that flapper a couple times this offseason with those subtle jabs at the panthers...




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