When Brandon LaFell left the Carolina Panthers in free agency to sign with the New England Patriots, he said he did so in effort to play with a Hall of Fame caliber quarterback.
The suggestion made waves, especially to Carolina Panthers fans considering LaFell wasn’t exactly playing with chump change in Cam Newton.
Now the wide receiver has done it again, this time irritating some by suggesting the New England Patriots work harder than the Carolina Panthers.
“The way we work, the way we practice, is all new [to me]. It’s not like we didn’t work hard in Carolina, but we work a little harder here,” LaFell said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Reiss went on to point out that LaFell wasn’t suggesting such in a way to disrespect his former team, but was just stating what he believed to be a true statement.
LaFell, who recently suggested his ‘head was spinning’ attempting to learn the Patriots playbook says it’s all worthwhile though.
“We’re throwing in a whole lot of plays every day,” LaFell said. “At the same time you’re a professional, man. You gotta be able to do it. There’s going to be times during the season when we come in on Monday and throw in eight plays, come back in on Thursday and throw in another eight. It’s pretty much getting us prepared for the season. The harder it is now, the easier it will be on Sunday. . . . Winning makes it all worth it.”
LaFell also suggested that the Patriots OTA’s are the hardest he’s ever taken part in and that many of the veteran players treat them no different than a typical Sunday during the regular season.