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The Official Brandon LaFell Appreciation thread

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I like what he has been able to do this year.

I will be the first to admit that I thought he was going to be a bust. (stonehands, LaFail...) It is amazing how much a good QB can help the other players around him.

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His play of late has crossed out receiver as a first round pick possibility next year.

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with Gettis coming back next year a receiving corp of: Smith, LaFell, Gettis, Olsen, and Shockey...............

clean up on aisle 3

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Lafell is looking more and more like one of my all time favorite Panthers, MOOSE!!!

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with Gettis coming back next year a receiving corp of: Smith, LaFell, Gettis, Olsen, and Shockey...............

clean up on aisle 3

And even Naanee as the 4th receiver is not bad. We are going to be so explosive next season. I'd be shocked if didn't have the best offense in the league next year.

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Lafell is looking more and more like one of my all time favorite Panthers, MOOSE!!!

I was thinking the same thing. Especially with his physical blocking and big catches in traffic

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Love LaFell I'm glad too see how much he has progressed. I was hoping for big things from him last year, but it was Gettis's time to shine. While not as flashy you gotta love what LaFell is doing out there on the field. He catches everything thrown at him, even crazy off target poo. Then he's out there blocking and putting in work. He hustles every play. That's what you really want to see on the field he should have been our number 2 from the get go this season.

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