Dam I agree with you again.
People think WR only job is to catch passes. They don't see the downfield blocking Lafell does to spring big runs. Or the route running he does as a decoy to get other people open.
I would also liked to point out. That Lafell compared to other number 2 WR get very little targets.
He gets 77 targets and Julio Jones gets 145.
My main Problem with Cam is he needs to trust and give more shots to the other WR not name Smith and Olsen. Even when it seem like they are Covered.
Bolden never gets separation and is never completely open but he still gets targeted. Cam has to learn to trust that his other WR can make a plays for him to.
Now I think Gettis has earned a shot at the 3rd Wr competition but Lafell has locked down the 2 spot for this year and has atleast earned a little trust from Cam.
How long would it take Gettis to get to that point with Cam??
Good post, I liked the Boldin comparison. Also, glad you used targets in your argument. Smitty had 138 and Olsen had 104. That's where Newtons first two looks usually go unless the play is specifically designed for someone else and the stats back that up. Which is understandable but I'd like to see him look Lafell's way more often (like you said).
I've been trying to find a site that shows 'drops' for each player but haven't had any luck. If my memory serves me well, Lafell had a drop in the KC game that should have been a TD and a drop in the cowboys game on a 3rd down play on one of the first possessions. I don't know if these things affect Cam wanting to target Lafell more often. The more I watch past Panthers games the more I'm coming around to Lafell. I was excited when we drafted him but expected more from him. But in Lafell's defense it's hard to put up big numbers with the number of opportunities he has been given.
However, when they do run plays in which Lafell appears to be the first option I like what I see. Just a couple that come to mind are the TD passes he caught against Washington and Dallas (2011,2012) both within the 5 yard line where Lafell appeared to be the first option.
Could Gettis possibly challenge Lafell for the number 2 spot? Yes, I think that's possible. But I don't think that'll happen in the near future. If Gettis continues to progress each week I don't know how he won't be awarded the number 3 WR position. Hard not to fall in love with Gettis size and speed. Like everyone says competition is good for everyone and brings out people's best. I just hope Gettis can stay healthy and contribute this year. If Gettis does those two things, I think next year he'll have a legit shot at Lafell.
Edit: Lafell had 3 drops in 2012. http://www.sportingc...ats/drops/2012/
Armanti with 0!!! lol