Posted 17 December 2013 - 05:53 PM
I've gone on and on about LaFell and while doing so I try to look at the good and the bad.
LaFell is 27, fourth year in the league. I think we can all stop using the word "potential". What you see is what we are going to get. His main issue are his lapses in concentration, and his maturity. Someone said in this thread LaFell has a "know it all" attitude and that wouldn't surprise me if true. He's had the privilege of playing with 89 for all 4 years, he should be soaking up every little bit of info and knowledge Smitty is giving him.
Good blocking wide receivers are hard to find. In my LaFell thread I really went into detail with numbers, I'm not a huge numbers guy myself but I found it interesting that for the times LaFell has been targeted, he's on par with his numbers of receptions and yards. In a pass heavy offense I think LaFell's numbers would look alot different.
I think his drops keep getting brought up because he's dropped some balls on some big plays. Dallas and KC last year come to mind and Zona this year. The catch he made Sunday was awesome, I can't even think of a more proper word because it was that good. He knew he was going to get drilled and even lost control for a second but relocated the ball and grabbed it.
However my favorite play on Sunday from LaFell was his 3rd catch, he caught the ball on the sideline and turned and lowered his shoulder and fought for an extra 2 yards. LaFell has some size to me and I'd love to see him use it more. He is capable of making nice catches as well, lets not forget that great sideline/jump ball he caught against Green Bay in 2011. The talent is there, it's a shame his maturity is going to hold him back from being really good.
I'm sure you all are tired of reading my posts on LaFell, I just want to get excited about a receiver again (it's my fav position) and it's been sooooo long since we've had anyone to get excited over other than Smitty. If we don't address this need in the first round, I'm going to be really disappointed.