Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:55 PM
I don't know how to explain this other than to say that LaFell is not the competition for Gettis at this point. The competition for Gettis is Murphy, Armanti, and Pilares. LaFell is a different kind of option than the rest of those guys. He's a hands option good for short completions and things that don't show up as glaring in the box score. He may only have 3 or 4 catches for 20-40 yards, but the majority of those are chain movers. We can count on LaFell to catch every ball he has a reasonable chance of catching even if the YAC isn't there on them. Plus, his blocking is RIDICULOUS. If he gets his hands on a guy, he does it with the tenacity of Smith and has the frame to be even more effective. The guy loves blocking and relishes the physical nature of the position and the chance to give back on some of those presses the CB put on him.
Sure, a player like Murphy or Gettis may stretch the field and give us one big play a game which is something we need.... but we don't need it at the expense of LaFell being on the field in short yardage situations giving Cam an easy target to pick up short third downs or holding outside blocks. He's a clear 2nd WR based on what the priorities are in this offense, which is more than what can you do after the catch. We still have a roster full of WR that are working on simply making the catch... which is a highly underrated aspect of being a WR around here.