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Brandon LaFell: I wanted to play with HOF quarterback, Cam isn’t there now

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Wide receiver Brandon LaFell was one of several 2013 Panthers wide receivers to find new teams over the last week and he explained why he wound up with the Patriots on a Wednesday conference call.

It should come as no surprise that a guy who catches passes for a living was focused on the guy throwing them when he decided to cast his lot with New England. Cam Newton may be on the rise, but LaFell wanted to play with a guy who has already built a resume that will land him in Canton.

“Because I had a chance to play with a Hall of Fame quarterback. One day Cam will be there probably but he’s not there now,” LaFell said, via Tom Curran of CSN New England.

It’s hard to construe that as much of a knock on Newton since Tom Brady’s been doing it for a lot longer and it’s pretty clear that he’s the only member of that pair that would be heading to the Hall of Fame if both careers ended today. Give Newton another decade or so playing quarterback and things might look very different, but LaFell isn’t making his decision at that point.

LaFell said he first thought about playing with Brady when the Panthers were watching film of the Patriots before their 2013 regular season matchup and the receiver noticed that all Patriots pass catchers had to do was put their hands up for a pass right on target from Brady. LaFell will get a chance to experience it for himself this season.

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25 Responses to “Brandon LaFell: I wanted to play with HOF quarterback, Cam isn’t there now”
  1. gloryfromheaven46 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:23 PM

    Maybe Cam wants a HOF WR?

    Oh wait, who the heck do they even have a WR?

  2. rodvmunchiii says: Mar 19, 2014 5:23 PM

    OK.

  3. tommyc0606 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:24 PM

    brady wishes he had a HOF WR

  4. nfl4days says: Mar 19, 2014 5:25 PM

    Lafell isn’t exactly Jerry Rice.

  5. bearasstruth says: Mar 19, 2014 5:27 PM

    Bam there you go CAM…

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 19, 2014 5:30 PM

    I can see his point. Even if all goes well for Newt, it’s going to be about 20 years before he gets to Canton. Who wants to wait that long?

  7. robinjoes says: Mar 19, 2014 5:33 PM

    Good for LaFell…but i would be shocked if his numbers increase very much.

    He is a better blocker than he is a WR.

  8. thepftpoet says: Mar 19, 2014 5:36 PM

    Marvin Mcnutt disagrees.

  9. redandgoldhitman52 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:38 PM

    LaFell has a point. who would you rather want throwing you the ball on 3rd and long with the super bowl on the line … brady or newton? its a no brainer.

  10. rsellersus says: Mar 19, 2014 5:46 PM

    I guess he was 2nd in the league in dropped passes because of Cam?

  11. bosb88 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:55 PM

    If it weren’t for Carolina’s defense, the Panthers are a .500 team. They’ve lost 4 receivers in Free Agency, 3 of which were in the top 4 for receptions for the Panthers last year. This team is going to rely on its defense to keep them competitive.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:57 PM

    Welcome to New England Brandon !

    Now go stick your head in the playbook and get to work. A lot of other FA receivers have come in and never gotten to where they understood the offensive system.

  13. slaugin says: Mar 19, 2014 6:00 PM

    He’s got a rude awakening when he finds out the Offense is very complex and there is more to it than throwing his hands up

  14. delhommed says: Mar 19, 2014 6:01 PM

    He can’t catch a cold! He won’t make the Patriots final roster. … wait and see!

  15. goodguyattorney says: Mar 19, 2014 6:19 PM

    The Panthers’ wide receiver jokes seem to write themselves these days.

  16. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 19, 2014 7:06 PM

    It’s good to see that other WR’s are learning from the sad tale of Greg Jennings.

  17. believeland2014 says: Mar 19, 2014 7:06 PM

    LOL

  18. bcajun says: Mar 19, 2014 7:35 PM

    WHO DAT

  19. pantherfan40 says: Mar 19, 2014 7:38 PM

    mcnutt>lafell

  20. pantherdan says: Mar 19, 2014 7:59 PM

    Yeah, real bright there lafall drop ball I think you will not make the final 53

  21. hscorpio says: Mar 19, 2014 8:16 PM

    It’s pretty smart for a WR to think like that. Ask Greg Jennings what a difference a great QB can make to a WR’s numbers.

    But it’s pretty unprofessional to say it publicly.

  22. mythaimyke says: Mar 19, 2014 8:55 PM

    Cam will never be a HOF QB!

  23. rcali says: Mar 19, 2014 9:18 PM

    Ouch. Kinda true but the potential is there.

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 19, 2014 10:27 PM

    Said as if he were carrying Cam and the Panther offense. Give me a break

  25. phluffyclouds says: Mar 19, 2014 11:51 PM

    LaFail

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