Wide receiver Brandon LaFell could be the type of receiver the New England Patriots have been searching for. The Patriots signed the former Carolina Panthers receiver in the offseason. A main reason he signed in New England was because of the opportunity he was presented and also the chance to play with a quarterback on the level of a Tom Brady. LaFell told reporters on Tuesday that he is “blessed” to be getting his shot with the Patriots.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound LaFell signed with the Patriots after setting career highs in receptions, touchdowns and yards receiving with the Panthers. His potential led to a three-year contract for a reported $9 million with the Patriots. The team is hoping he excels in their system and hoping he gives Brady a bigger target.
Its not like LaFell hasn’t played with a franchise quarterback with the Panthers, but going from Cam Newtown to Brady is a big step. He said, “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed. Go from Cam (Newton), who’s doing his thing, he’s up and coming, real good quarterback, established quarterback, and then I come over here with Brady. It’s great, man. I’ve been blessed.”
Brady and LaFell haven’t connected yet during preseason. Brady only played for a quarter in one game, so the opportunity hasn’t really presented itself. LaFell, however, did show what kind of target he could be in the red zone. He caught a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone delivered from rookie Jimmy Garoppolo in Friday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He provides a big target other than tight end Rob Gronkowski.
LaFell said his work with Brady is getting better as the two are still working on chemistry. Brady has already commented on the addition of LaFell, saying he finally has a taller receiver to throw to. LaFell definitely has the ability to have an impact on the offense in the same way David Givens did during the Patriots championship seasons. It all comes down to the timing between he and Tom Brady.
“We’ve been getting better and better, each and every day, each and every week,” said LaFell. “The more and more reps I get with this guy…it’s only getting our timing better and he’s trying to find me more.” If he develops trust from Brady, Brandon LaFell will quickly establish his niche in the Patriots offense.