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Brandon Lafell - Ooh Wee Mayne

Dec 17 2013 06:48 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
There isn't a more frustrating player for Panthers fans than Brandon "Donald" Lafell. One week he looks like a rookie, the next an accomplished veteran.

Against the Saints, Lafell had a less than lackluster performance (to put it nicely). Not only was he not catching balls, but he was missing blocks. Missing blocks is inexcusable for a receiver of his size.

Apparently, Lafell knew he needed to redeem himself. Notice his role in the Deangelo Williams screen pass. Without Lafell's block on the 20 yard line Deangelo would not have had a touchdown. With the Panthers red zone scoring at a near season low, this was a crucial play that has gone overlooked.

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Lets hope he decides to show up this week.He appears to me to have concentration issues.He is consistently inconsistent .

LaFell should get at least 25% credit for that TD. That was an awesome block.
Judging his play against the Jets you could tell he REALLY wanted to make up for the Saints disappointing performance. I have a feeling that motivation will runover into this weekend.
I watched this play, specifically the block, about 5 times when I rewatched the game yesterday. It was a great block. Plus It also disrupted the line that Ed Reed took towards D-Will, too. It absolutely turned this great play into a TD.

The best parallel I can think of:

 

We should keep him and use him like the Eagles have done with Jason Avant.  

 

He's a solid WR4-5 to have depending on who else we get this upcoming offseason.  

I think him still growing as a player in this league contributes to his inconsistencies.

I hope to see him resigned at a friendly price and continue to grow with Cam. They seem to have good chemistry.
I love this line:

Lafell would make a great #3, but he's really just a 4 tops more likely a 5-6 guy with a low ceiling. But the guy can ball except for when he doesn't and we should probably stash him on the practice squad to see if he can develope. But yeah Go Lafell!!

People are way too hard on LaFell. He's not likely ever going to be a #1 wideout but you could do much worse at #2 and would have to be fortunate to do better. Hell, people were ready to throw money at Nicks last year and he'd be happy to have LaFell's production this season.

I love this line:

Lafell would make a great #3, but he's really just a 4 tops more likely a 5-6 guy with a low ceiling. But the guy can ball except for when he doesn't and we should probably stash him on the practice squad to see if he can develope. But yeah Go Lafell!!

 

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula called LaFell a real “football player” for not only his athletic prowess and receiving ability but also his knowledge of the game. Wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl said that as a No. 2 receiver, LaFell is asked to do some of the dirty work while pass-catchers Smith and Olsen get the targets.

 

Great play. I love how Williams hits another gear just as he gets to Lafell's block.

He also had that great catch in traffic in the 1st quarter against the Jets.

The best parallel I can think of:

We should keep him and use him like the Eagles have done with Jason Avant.

He's a solid WR4-5 to have depending on who else we get this upcoming offseason.

 

 

 

did someone say Jason Avant???

 

 

 

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XagvsSXSxnY

 

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Lafell is a 5 or 6 now?

 

Sheesh

I was at the game and LaFell locked up on his man immediately after Williams caught the ball and rode him the entire way.  It was a very impressive block and Deangelo would not have scored without it.

Lafell is a 5 or 6 now?

 

Sheesh

 

So Disrespectful! *Stephen A Smith voice* lol

pretty sure it's 'ow wee mayne'

Just for some perspective - not using this to make an argument either way:

 

LaFell was the 52nd ranked wide receiver in yards/game and 60th in total receptions in 2012.

He's the 41st ranked wide receiver in yards/game and receptions this year.

The average #2 receiver would rank 48th.

LaFell should get at least 25% credit for that TD. That was an awesome block.

 

Lafell 25% for great blocking

D-Will 40% for great speed and field visions

Tolbert 5% for great fake

Cam Newton 10% for selling first fake and making good pass

Travelle Wharton 20% for having a great block.

Like others have said, the biggest issue for Lafell is consistency at this point - but I think he's continuing to develop and become less inconsistent. None of that means we should hold the # 2 WR spot open for him if someone better comes along, but he does have the ability to be an excellent # 2 receiver in our offense. 

Stats are for losers...................most WRs are stars and stat chasers.............

 

As a head coach of a team I want a WR that is certainly capable of the catch and yards after gained...........but more importantly I want a WR who is totally committed to the team for winning a game.........even if it means they spend most of the time of the field in blocking schemes and running decoy routes.

 

This is not a game of the individual..........

 

If Lafell is that kind of team WR as I've defined above then in this role then we have a winner......as you can continue to fine tune his skill set much easier than change the attitude of a WR star of stats who sees the team in competition with that star.

we should cut all our RBs.

 

Donald LaFell....18.3 yard per carry average.

Lafell 25% for great blocking

D-Will 40% for great speed and field visions

Tolbert 5% for great fake

Cam Newton 10% for selling first fake and making good pass

Travelle Wharton 20% for having a great block.

 

despite earning 0% credit...

 

that clip also shows the effort Kalil puts in to getting downfield.  Looked like he blew a wheel but his effort on those is awesome.

despite earning 0% credit...

 

that clip also shows the effort Kalil puts in to getting downfield.  Looked like he blew a wheel but his effort on those is awesome.

 

Yes, I know.  As an Offensive line coach, I would applaud his effort and laugh at his results. 

People are way too hard on LaFell. He's not likely ever going to be a #1 wideout but you could do much worse at #2 and would have to be fortunate to do better. Hell, people were ready to throw money at Nicks last year and he'd be happy to have LaFell's production this season.

 

You could do much better, too. You're #2, like you're #1, needs to do one thing above everything else, and that's catch the ball when it's thrown in your direction. I don't care if you're #1 is your home run threat and your burner, even if you're not the dynamic receiver on the squad you still have to be counted on to make a play. And no one with a drop rate like LaFell can be a quality #2 or even a mediocre #1. Until he proves he's got the ability to go up and fight for a ball, and (this one drives me nuts) catch the easy ones, I'd hesitate to look at him as a viable #2.

 

As of right now, he's good, but easily replaceable, and I certainly wouldn't pass up a quality WR in the hopes that LaFell would develop into that role.
 

You could do much better, too. You're #2, like you're #1, needs to do one thing above everything else, and that's catch the ball when it's thrown in your direction. I don't care if you're #1 is your home run threat and your burner, even if you're not the dynamic receiver on the squad you still have to be counted on to make a play. And no one with a drop rate like LaFell can be a quality #2 or even a mediocre #1. Until he proves he's got the ability to go up and fight for a ball, and (this one drives me nuts) catch the easy ones, I'd hesitate to look at him as a viable #2.

 

As of right now, he's good, but easily replaceable, and I certainly wouldn't pass up a quality WR in the hopes that LaFell would develop into that role.
 

I think his blocking is underrated.  That isn't easy to find in WRs.

 

I think based on our current O....he is a solid 2.  Our current O isn't as pass oriented as others