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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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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.

 

According to ESPN, he is 69th in yards per game:

 

http://espn.go.com/n...erGame/count/41

 

He is also 64th in receptions:

 

http://espn.go.com/n...ptions/count/41

 

 

 

 

Basically, I would like my WR2 to be more consistent, and have the ability to put up more than a couple of hundred yard games in four years. I believe that we can get that type of production from a rookie, and I hope to get the opportunity to see it, because I believe that LaFell's ceiling has already been reached.

My only comment on that play besides "hell yeah" was "did you see that block?". It was a stellar job of down field blocking.

You are including Tight Ends and Running backs in that. We aren't trying to evaluate him as a tight end so why should they be held against him?

 

According to ESPN, he is 69th in yards per game:

 

http://espn.go.com/n...erGame/count/41

 

He is also 64th in receptions:

 

http://espn.go.com/n...ptions/count/41

 

 

 

 

Basically, I would like my WR2 to be more consistent, and have the ability to put up more than a couple of hundred yard games in four years. I believe that we can get that type of production from a rookie, and I hope to get the opportunity to see it, because I believe that LaFell's ceiling has already been reached.

 

You are including Tight Ends and Running backs in that. We aren't trying to evaluate him as a tight end so why should they be held against him?

 

Valid point, but these stats basically relate to receiving threats, and aren't really concerned with much else. 

 

 

 

Regardless of the stats (that never tell the whole story), I still want more. Consistency being the main thing.

edit: nevermind...didn't see that the point had already been made

...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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What you cant see from any of the replays is Lafell started and was blocking even at least 20 yards prior to when you see him on the screen.  From where I sit you can see the whole field and right when D'Will caught the pass and we all saw Wharton locked up on his guy, I looked down field and Lafell at the same time was already engaged/blocking that guy.  Lafell blocked him all the way down the field also as D'Will was running from start to finish.  That entire play was sure nice see.  

So the question is, when he said he was the best blocking wr on the team. . does anyone doubt that? 89 will crush fools in the open field these days still but I dont know if he couldve pulled off what the Don did there.

Watching Lafell struggle as a big physical guy makes you wonder how those franchise caliber receivers do it week in and week out. What do they have that Lafell doesn't. Those players' been catching footballs since kids and probably catch thousands in the jug machine, but on game day they do everything but catch the football. Don't get it.

Watching Lafell struggle as a big physical guy makes you wonder how those franchise caliber receivers do it week in and week out. What do they have that Lafell doesn't. Those players' been catching footballs since kids and probably catch thousands in the jug machine, but on game day they do everything but catch the football. Don't get it.

 

Well 2-3" for one thing. Lafell is middle of the pack at 6'2". Guys like AJ Green, Megatron, Alshon Jeffrey are taller and with longer arms. He's also on the slow side for a receiver. Fast enough, barely.

It's a little ironic that some of you would come down so hard on a guy that just had one of his best games... I say, keep it up, Donald, you're getting warm at the perfect time!!!

It really comes down to attitude and desire that separate the great ones and the rest. 

 

Steve smith - I'm going to be the best. I'm going fug up those defenders. They aren't taking me down. This attitude gives you great focus and concentration. It is also what makes steve smith so great. 

 

Lafell - I personally don't know how Lafell is like in person but it seems to me hes more like

Awesome its sunday I'm going to play some football today. Ya man did you see that sweet catch. Aw poo I just dropped that my bad cam lol. This is probably why Lafell drops so many balls because he lacks focus and desire to be the best. Until he changes that attitude he isn't going to be significantly better. 

 

I would like to see us resign him at an average contract tho.

 

 

Well 2-3" for one thing. Lafell is middle of the pack at 6'2". Guys like AJ Green, Megatron, Alshon Jeffrey are taller and with longer arms. He's also on the slow side for a receiver. Fast enough, barely.

6'0"-6'3" are like standard for franchise receivers.

Alshon Jeffrey 6'3"

Justin Blackmon 6'1"

Josh Gordon 6'3"

Andre Johnson 6'3"

Dez Bryant 6'2". Yep, same height as Lafell.

 

Lafell might lack everything but height is not one of them.

 

So the question is, when he said he was the best blocking wr on the team. . does anyone doubt that? 89 will crush fools in the open field these days still but I dont know if he couldve pulled off what the Don did there.


89 will lay out the better highlight bone crusher these days.....LaFell IMO is more consistant. LaFell always look to engage. 89 seems to take more off or be late to the party. That isn't a knock bc 89 does a better job blocking than most WRs . LaFell seems to know that he is big part to why he sees the field

LaFell is actually our #3 receiver.  Greg Olsen is 1 and Smith is 2.  If we put Hixon in LaFell's place, i really dont think there would be that big a drop of play.

LaFell is actually our #3 receiver.  Greg Olsen is 1 and Smith is 2.  If we put Hixon in LaFell's place, i really dont think there would be that big a drop of play.

 

sure there would be....which is why LaFell is playing.  Williams long TD last week....doesn't happen with Hixon on the field.