LaFell Playing For His Next Contract
Posted 20 December 2013 - 09:38 PM
I think the Zona drop this year is really the only one that was "big". The play after he dropped the one in Tampa, Cam rushed for 20 yards or so erasing the drop.
The play after the drop in San Fran, Tolbert rushed for 20 or so the next play to pick up LaFell.
The one in Nola I guess killed a drive but the whole team played like crap that game.
Last year however he dropped that bomb that hit him right in the hands that would have been a TD. And on a 3rd and 15 play against Dallas early in the game, he dropped what would have been a first down.
In the big picture 4 drops isn't alot. But they are concerning because they come on easy plays. I believe this is just a lack of concentration on LaFell's part and not a talent issue. At 27 years old you shouldn't have to worry about concentration problems from your #2 WR, so he does have some issues but we all already know that.
Posted 20 December 2013 - 10:19 PM
drops arent nearly the concern with lafell.
consistency and explosiveness are the issue.
True that. LaFell is a decent WR, but his inconsistent hands and issues with separation make him somewhat of a liability in this offense. I think we can find his eventual replacement and upgrade this offseason. It would be awesome to get a Jordan Matthews in the draft and sign Hakeem Nicks to a cap friendly deal to complement Steve Smith in his twilight years to give this offense more firepower. That would be something.
Posted 20 December 2013 - 10:25 PM
3wr money and no more, we need guys who can catch consistently to be #1 and #2
Posted 20 December 2013 - 10:30 PM
Posted 20 December 2013 - 10:57 PM
The number LaFell has in his head is likely in the range of a #2 receiver.
There is only so much money to go around and a lot of talent that needs to be resigned or replaced in the next few years.
Does DG think he can get a better return on his investment for that type of money in the draft or free agency?
Unless LaFell takes it to the next level in the coming weeks to justify #2 money he may be playing for someone else next year.
Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:11 PM
Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:17 PM
This "drops" bullshat is hilariously bad. Steve has dropped more important catches this year than LaFell and everybody is off his case. LaFell is a beast of a blocking WR and helps the running game tremendously. Not only does he do that, but he's good for 600-700 yards a season. That's a number 2 WR all day. I don't know what expectations you people have for a #2 WR but you should probably scale them back.
So many fans here spoiled by what we had with Moose and Smith. It's never going to be like that again. Trust in that. Two of the Top 75 WR of all-time on the field at the same time is a rare commodity.
Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:31 PM
Better improve and learn what "consistency" is.
I'd keep him but only for damn cheap.
Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:50 PM
Also I believe he plays better with roster competition. He dropped nothing in 2011 while trying to overtake Legedu for the starting spot. He was mostly OK last year with Murphy flirting with the #2 spot. This year he was basically penciled as the starter before training camp and his rookie hands have returned.
Because of those factors, he should get lowballed on the guaranteed money, but have incentives to keep him productive. He is a good player and I like him, but he doesn't need to get complacent.
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