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Brandon Lafell - Ohh Wee Mayne

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I have not seen much training camp chatter out there about Brandon Lafell, which is strange because Lafell is having the best camp in his career. Lafell is coming off his best year as a pro and is determined to maximize his final year under his rookie contract.

 

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Carolina Panthers Brandon Lafell eludes Captain Munnerlyn and Josh Norman

 

Typically Lafell is plagued by lapses in concentration and drops at Panthers training camp. But this year he is catching everything thrown his way.

 

Going into training camp, it was assumed David Gettis would be providing Lafell with a healthy dose of competition. However, the Gettis stock has been falling steadily. Lafell's competition for a taller possession type receiver is now Domenik Hixon, who's stock has been rising since camp began. Hixon, a 2 time Superbowl Champion, has slowly added veteran leadership to the wide receiver corps. This is possibly the first time in many seasons that someone other than Steve Smith has played a leadership role.

 

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Domenik Hixon

 

If Brandon Lafell can continue to show improvement into the regular season, we can expect David Gettleman to lock him up to a contract extension before he can test the free agent market.

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I heard LaFell actually looked faster in TC.. Any truth to that?

 

Faster as in he can get to point B from point A quicker? No

 

Faster as in he is thinking less and just playing the game? Yep

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Faster as in he can get to point B from point A quicker? No

Faster as in he is thinking less and just playing the game? Yep

Ahhhh... thanks!

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Notice who is behind Norman running 3 wide with the 1's.....

THE Armanti Edwards.

How long do you think this will stick? I'm willing to bet that the majority of our 3 wide sets will feature Smith in the slot with Lafell and Ginn outside.

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LaFell was my pick for breakout player this year.  His stats are very similar to Moose if you compared their first 3 years.  Year 4 Moose broke out so I hope the same thing happens for LaFell.

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I'm completely okay with Lafell as a #2.

He is reliable, catches (almost) everything, can find soft spot in zone, potential big play ability...not to mention is an absolute BEAST run blocking.

All of the above on top of the fact that he has gotten better every year...I think we all need to sit back and appreciate the luxury of Lafell.

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