Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell (11) catches a pass for a touchdown as New England Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon (30) and strong safety Logan Ryan (26) defend in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers won't miss Brandon LaFell

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Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell has made headlines this offseason by accident. He’s made comments, comparing his old organization to his new one. He said he wanted to play for a winning one — New England. He said that in New England, practices reach a higher octane. “It’s not like we didn’t work hard in Carolina, but we work a little harder here,” LaFell said via David Newton of ESPN’s NFL Nation.

The parting-of-ways that occurred this offseason was mutual. And not the kind of mutual most people say their break up went. This one actually seems to make sense in hindsight.

Under Tom Brady, LaFell has every opportunity to succeed in a high-volume passing offense. Carolina was favoring the run. LaFell is a young, perhaps up-and-coming receiver. Carolina favored cheaper and better established veterans.

Newton writes:

“LaFell caught 167 passes for 2,385 yards and 13 touchdowns in four seasons. Jason Avant, one of the players brought in to replace him, had 194 catches for 2,347 yards and four touchdowns over the same time frame. Wash.

Jerricho Cotchery had 10 touchdowns last season — three fewer than LaFell in four years — and only three less catches (46) and 25 fewer yards (602) than LaFell a year ago. Wash. Maybe even a win for Carolina when you consider the number of big plays Cotchery has made over his career.

It seems that the Panthers more than break even in terms of past production. Any production that Brandon LaFell attains this year is somewhat irrelevant. Comparing the season he could have with the Patriots to the season he could have had with the Panthers is like comparing apples to a hypothetical orange.

So even if LaFell is a hit in New England, he won’t be missed in Carolina.

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  • Jeffrey W Brown

    Don’t forget his ability to drop the ball on the big play. Or the not crucial first pass of the game. Or any other pass for that matter.

    • Jarodcore

      Fans are so funny. Always talk trash about players once they’re on another team.

      • Jeffrey W Brown

        Been saying the same stuff for two seasons. Truth is truth. I don’t do the fair weather fan crap. Was also one of the few that saw smith leaving as positive, though it was handled poorly.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    Lafell will thrive in New England with a true pocket passer like Brady. Brandon is a good route runner and that is most important with the Pats offense.

    • Jeffrey W Brown

      Don’t care if you are 20 yards open and stand still while the pass is thrown to your still body, if you can’t catch the ball, you can’t make the play.