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Brandon LaFell: Patriots work a little harder than the Panthers


After spending his first four NFL seasons with the Panthers, new Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell wasn’t sure what to expect in New England. What he’s found is that Organized Team Activities are tougher.

“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 notes that LaFell didn’t mean any disrespect to the Panthers, but LaFell is both impressed and perhaps a little intimidated by how tough OTAs are in New England. LaFell told that since signing with the Patriots, “It’s been the craziest two or three months of my life.” LaFell said famous teammates like Darrelle Revis (“He works his butt off and he makes you work too” and Tom Brady (“He demands the best out of everybody”) are treating summer OTAs with every bit the seriousness that they treat fall Sundays.

LaFell also said the Patriots are a challenging team to play for in the classroom.

“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.”

The Patriots have been showing for a decade and a half that their approach to the offseason pays off in the regular season.

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89 Responses to “Brandon LaFell: Patriots work a little harder than the Panthers”
  1. hardythekraken says: Jun 8, 2014 4:31 PM

    LaFell needs to shut his mouth or find some talent to back it up first.

  2. boblavoie says: Jun 8, 2014 4:38 PM

    Why the New England Patriots win? Hard work, dedication and team effort – it’s the Patriot way. What did you expect Brandon?

  3. abfox112 says: Jun 8, 2014 4:39 PM

    Anyone who defends this clown should know that he probably wouldn’t even have a job right now if David Gettis didn’t tear his ACL a few years back.

  4. huskywolverine says: Jun 8, 2014 4:40 PM

    Yea, the Patriots work harder in the film room as well as it takes time reviewing the other team’s play calls with undercover cameras. Makes sense.

  5. folkcrusader says: Jun 8, 2014 4:42 PM

    Seriously? They’re in shorts, can’t have contact, and have time limits on everything. It’s football camp.

    Wake up Brandon. Real football is coming.

  6. teek77 says: Jun 8, 2014 4:43 PM

    If Lafell didn’t work as hard with the Panthers indicated that he was not self-motivated to work hard. This could explain why he never was that good with the Panthers!

  7. 6ball says: Jun 8, 2014 4:49 PM


    When the Patriots lose games it is usually because, as Belichick says, “the other team played better than us today”. It’s not often due to mental mistakes.


  8. boobsanders says: Jun 8, 2014 4:49 PM

    As evidenced by their commitment to carry around cameras in order to tape their opponents.

  9. axx1 says: Jun 8, 2014 4:54 PM


  10. sportzpig says: Jun 8, 2014 5:00 PM

    Also murder harder than the Panthers.

    Aaronthal – 3 hits

    Rae-entahl – 1 hit

  11. thepftpoet says: Jun 8, 2014 5:00 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings work harder than both franchises combined.

    And win with class.

  12. diehardpanther says: Jun 8, 2014 5:03 PM

    Maybe that’s why they beat us so bad last year! Oh wait….that was the game Brady cried all the way to the locker room! Nobody is buying it LaFelle!

  13. blkmanwtan says: Jun 8, 2014 5:07 PM

    Why is this dude talking about the Panthers? First it was Cam, and now it’s the team. He needs to focus on making the final 53 and leave Carolina in Carolina. I’ve seen receivers who thought the grass was greener in NE and got cut or didn’t get playing time.

  14. teek77 says: Jun 8, 2014 5:09 PM

    Contrary to an above comments, I thought the Patriots usually lost because the Referees “were mean” to them. It’s never Brady’s fault or any other Patriot’s fault.

  15. gridironrat says: Jun 8, 2014 5:12 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Jun 8, 2014 5:00 PM
    The Minnesota Vikings work harder than both franchises combined.

    And win with class.


    The Vikings win?


    I must have missed it. Maybe I blinked.

  16. vicnocal says: Jun 8, 2014 5:16 PM

    That’s what it takes to be great in an extremely competitive field. 90% of people out there, in all professions, think they are hard workers when in reality they have no clue about what real hard work is. They just want 5pm to come so they can clock out and go home.

  17. ocgunslinger says: Jun 8, 2014 5:24 PM

    So the Patriots study hard, work hard, practice hard, play hard, don’t make many mental mistakes and win a lot. Hmmmm. Maybe it is not cheating like many dolts who claim here of PFT after all.

  18. orangeisthenewblue says: Jun 8, 2014 5:27 PM

    Well why try hard when your on an awful team. I get that they get paid great but I don’t care who you are loosing sucks

  19. smupreacher says: Jun 8, 2014 5:33 PM

    Brandon, let me let you in on a little something. Just wait until you get the dropsies like you normally do during the season and your candy ass will be working in the product section of Kroger’s. We put you with you while you were in Charlotte. You are just a number there in New England. #jabroni

  20. dcpatfan says: Jun 8, 2014 5:34 PM

    The Patriot Way….
    Welcome Brandon.

  21. rjkilla says: Jun 8, 2014 5:37 PM

    this surprises nobody

  22. i10east says: Jun 8, 2014 5:37 PM

    The Panthers LOL

  23. buffalowned says: Jun 8, 2014 5:44 PM

    “Why the New England Patriots win? Hard work, dedication and team effort – it’s the Patriot way. What did you expect Brandon?”

    Why the Patriots really win: Tom Brady. Enjoy these next couple years. The glory years are coming to an end soon.

  24. vancouversportsbro says: Jun 8, 2014 5:45 PM

    Whenever I watched the panthers play this guy dropped passes like no tomorrow. I doubt they have lost sleep losing him. If he keeps dropping passes belicheck will put him on the bench with Ridley

  25. bullcharger says: Jun 8, 2014 5:58 PM

    The Pathers beat the Patriots last year, so they were good enough that game. The Patriot way is to not talk. Keep your trap shut! Just say you.are working hard and you can see why the org is successfull and leave it at that.

  26. dickshotdogs says: Jun 8, 2014 6:00 PM

    Patriots fans, isn’t this awesome? All this hate for our team. I personally, love it. It’s the sincerest form of flattery.

  27. ltpm3 says: Jun 8, 2014 6:00 PM

    Aren’t your comments cute! Everyone of your negative comments just mean that you hate the Patriots because they are such a great team and they win. And jealousy runs deep when your team doesn’t measure up. As far as the taping/cameras are concerned….it was 3 games, count them THREE!! It was only illegal for 3 games!!!!! And if you listened to every other coach who has made comments about this…they did the same thing, maybe I would say that again. The great coaches in football admitted that they did the same thing ~~~ they did the SAME THING!!! If the Patriots were stinky like some of your teams you would never say a word about them. So we have your numbers!!!

  28. gojags says: Jun 8, 2014 6:03 PM

    Its basically a known fact. I remember Fred Taylor telling the same. BB plays mental game to the max extend Fred T had mentioned that veterans will quiz the junior players all the time. Only chance for other AFC team is after Peyton Manning and Brady retires.

  29. realskipbayless says: Jun 8, 2014 6:10 PM

    The PATS seem like they are on another level than most teams. Even though my fav team beat them last year I ‘ll still say the PATS prep harder than most.

  30. bucsorbust says: Jun 8, 2014 6:20 PM

    Looks like the problem is with LaFell, not the Panthers. It’s called leadership.

  31. ltpm3 says: Jun 8, 2014 6:23 PM

    Funny that people keep talking about Brady getting older, but no one talks about Peyton getting old and he is a year older than Brady. If Peyton had to work with what Brady has had for receivers the last couple of years, he wouldn’t even make the playoffs. Peyton has to have the best veteran receivers available, he doesn’t train. And isn’t it funny that Denver goes after the players that the Patriots let go?? Wonder if that’s Elway trying to remake the Patriots in Denver or Peyton trying to remake himself into someone he isn’t!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Kind of makes you wonder!!!

  32. jetsmmt says: Jun 8, 2014 6:55 PM

    If Vellano doesn’t trip Andrew Luck, the Colts win.

    The Patriot way.

  33. abreathofsanity says: Jun 8, 2014 6:59 PM

    Another reason why Carolina is a classless organization that should be stripped of its NFL association.

  34. infinitig says: Jun 8, 2014 7:02 PM

    The Panthers beat the Patriots 24-20 last year. So I guess they decided since Brandon was joining the team they should start working a little harder.

  35. papajack1259 says: Jun 8, 2014 7:11 PM

    This camera crap is just that crap, Patriots are perennial contenders because they have talented players and Brady
    And Brandon is not the first to claim the Pats way works.I recall Corey Dillon and Randy Moss claiming the same.The Camera incident was brought about. By a assistant coach who couldn’t! Be a head coach and at present no one wants him near. repeat no-one not even TV

  36. bullcharger says: Jun 8, 2014 7:18 PM

    jetsmmt says:
    Jun 8, 2014 6:55 PM
    If Vellano doesn’t trip Andrew Luck, the Colts win.

    The Patriot way.


    A missed tripping call didn’t cause a loss.

  37. mikep363839 says: Jun 8, 2014 7:26 PM

    excited to have this guy

  38. icallbs81 says: Jun 8, 2014 7:35 PM

    It taste like…. BURNING!!!!

  39. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 8, 2014 7:38 PM

    Welcome to NE Brandon, but you need to learn to say things like “I’m a Patriot now so I can only talk about this team and we work really hard here.”

  40. tedmurph says: Jun 8, 2014 7:39 PM

    The Pats beat the Colts in the playoffs by more than 3 TDs. That must have been one heck of a trip.

  41. campcouch says: Jun 8, 2014 8:11 PM

    When I think of work,I imagine someone on an assembly line for 12 hours,or a someone digging trenches,stocking shelves,moving crates,surgery,searching for info for a case,cutting the grass and trimming trees…earning a keep. Running plays over and over or doing one on one drills for a game isn’t work,it’s play.

  42. realnflmaster says: Jun 8, 2014 8:15 PM

    They work harder at cheating.

  43. RE LEE says: Jun 8, 2014 8:20 PM

    The Pats is a blue collar team. You gotta work….really hard. Another Brandon called his time with the Pats 4 years a slave. Just read that he missed the Bills ota because he’s sore from lifting. You could follow him out the door if you don’t adjust to the Pats work ethics. Notice too that ex-Pats find jobs easily.

  44. my1voice57 says: Jun 8, 2014 8:24 PM

    I’m not sure what’s up with LaFell but while in Carolina he had the dropsies way too many times and since he left Carolina he has suffered from ‘Foot In Mouth Disease’. I never really thought the Brandon was very smart but his two ‘faux pas’ since leaving the Panthers really confirms it for me. I know he has meant “no harm” “bless his little ole heart” but he just can’t help himself. As a Panthers fan I still wish Brandon well but he might want to reconsider talking too much to reporters as he doesn’t seem to be doing himself any favors!

  45. wpiner says: Jun 8, 2014 8:38 PM

    Funny, you would think Patriots won that game last year. Guess all that hard work did not pay off. Lafell, you are an idiot. Hands of stone.

  46. scw1993 says: Jun 8, 2014 8:42 PM

    Jets…..45 years and counting….has to be very frustrating. I love when the circus comes to town. NE….SB every other year or so…sweet.

  47. dukeblue12 says: Jun 8, 2014 8:45 PM

    I don’t see any problems with what LaFell said here. He’s in a new organization and taking note of some of the subtle differences while still being respectful of his old team.

    The Patriots are a great organization and the Panthers ain’t too shabby either. Nothing to see here.

  48. tigerlilac says: Jun 8, 2014 8:55 PM

    My favorite comment in this thread is the reference to how hard Revis is working in OTAs. He wants what he came for, a Super Bowl ring. We now have a guy on defense equivalent to what we have with Brady on offense. The Patriots may just have the best head coach, quarterback and defensive back in the NFL. Wow. Just wow!

  49. donchscks says: Jun 8, 2014 9:22 PM

    maybe they should lighten things up a bit given it’s been a decade since the last Super Bowl victory.

  50. scw1993 says: Jun 8, 2014 9:25 PM

    The jealous trolls still haven’t stopped crying over NE taping from the wrong location on the field. It’s now time to put on your big boy pants, and realize that NE is going to contend, year in, year out, and this will continue long after Brady and Belichick are gone.

  51. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jun 8, 2014 9:28 PM

    We know they put more effort into cinematography and editing.

  52. bobbyyyd says: Jun 8, 2014 9:38 PM

    Brandon lafell focus on the future… Not the past… Without the panthers you would be nothing. I remember you dropping more passes than catching.

  53. swagger52 says: Jun 8, 2014 9:50 PM

    Amazing the self-righteousness has started already.

    Hey Brandon..who cares about harder effort during the OTAs. The only thing that matters is how hard the refs work for the Patriots during the regular season.

  54. my1voice57 says: Jun 8, 2014 10:02 PM

    “Patriots work a little harder than the Panthers” Catch a clue & some passes LaFell. It’s called self-motivation. If u didn’t feel compelled 2 work harder when u were with the Panthers then shame on u.

  55. councilofargos says: Jun 8, 2014 10:11 PM

    He needs to learn the Pats way about talking to the media if he wasn’t talented he wouldnt be here. He should be faster than most Pats receivers. I would prefer if he would keep his comments to the Pats then their would be no need to apologize for any Carolina comments

  56. dxh02 says: Jun 8, 2014 10:40 PM

    The Panthers, Colts, Jets, blah blah… if you aren’t talking about the Patriots or Broncos, you’re talking about Division III… Grab an Icee and go away… Plenty of butt fumble, ass kissing, “I’m an icon… oh wait” nonsense for you to waste your own time with.

  57. tedmurph says: Jun 8, 2014 11:00 PM

    Love how all the Panthers say they don’t need LaFells, hands of stone, etc. Have you seen their depth chart @WR? Cotcherry and Avant are their top 2(castoffs), TUnderwood, who couldn’t stick on the Pats’ practice squad and a rookie that hasn’t taken an NFL snap. Carolina is the consensus choice for 2013 playoff team that doesn’t make it this yr. Congrats on winning the game at home last yr on a terrible non-call.

  58. lanman11 says: Jun 8, 2014 11:22 PM

    C’mon Brandon! You just let the cat out of the bag. Now everybody is going to be working harder in OTA’s. There goes your advantage! Doh!


  59. thisguy124 says: Jun 9, 2014 12:06 AM

    “Love how all the Panthers say they don’t need LaFells, hands of stone, etc. Have you seen their depth chart @WR?”

    Dude, shut that nonsense up. If you ever watched ANY Panther game (and I do mean any because he dropped a pass every game) then you would see just how awful he is. Couldn’t get seperation, quit on plays, dropped damn near every pass, etc. The only thing he was good at was blocking. I guess you have to witness it yourself to get the full effect. Just trying to warn you beforehand, he WILL disappoint.

  60. linvillegorge says: Jun 9, 2014 1:25 AM

    Can’t wait to see how this scrub reacts when Brady is chewing his ass out for the constant drops. He’s good for a couple of amazing catches a year, but for every one great catch he’ll drop 5 gimmes.

  61. drewzducks says: Jun 9, 2014 2:37 AM

    NO ONE works harder at losing than realnflmasturbator’s NYJets. Loser fan of the laughingstock of the league.

  62. pantherpablo says: Jun 9, 2014 2:49 AM



    The Panthers

  63. pantherpablo says: Jun 9, 2014 2:51 AM

    ” if you aren’t talking about the Patriots or Broncos, you’re talking about Division III”

    Yeah, keep touting those high powered offenses. They’re great…in the regular season. Defense STILL wins championships. And with Wilfork’s big question mark, the Pats don’t have a championship caliber defense.

  64. bigwii says: Jun 9, 2014 5:31 AM

    He’s in a better place, I’d prefer h not to talk to the media if he doesn’t have to like everyone else. All you people show how petty you are about the Patriots, you mad?


  65. RexCanCoach says: Jun 9, 2014 7:31 AM


    Patriots have become really really good at losing super bowls.

    Jets have never lost one.

    Chew on that missy.

  66. grogantomorgan says: Jun 9, 2014 8:07 AM

    Last year’s Panthers game was a joke … the whole nation saw Kuechly riding the Gronk bareback ! The ref was using the flag as a kleenex that got stuck in his pocket.

    +1 for coaches able to review any calls on the field !

  67. keeppounding says: Jun 9, 2014 8:35 AM

    Lafell was terrible. Couldn’t get open. And we he did… Hit his hands then the ground

  68. angelwilder666 says: Jun 9, 2014 8:54 AM

    Of course New England will succeed because of some silly conspiracy. I love the one about how they were videotaping from the end zone and somehow created time to analyze the tape and use it during a 15 minute halftime. They must have some powerful software in that locker room. And what happened to the one where Brady was wearing two microphones in his helmet? And the refs favor the Pats, of course. And Goodell and Kraft are best buddies. It’s all a bunch of bull crap. But it does make for good entertainment, so keep it coming.

  69. pwebster919 says: Jun 9, 2014 9:15 AM

    Dear Brandon,

    You were a terrible wide receiver. You stalled many drives with your inconsistent route running and terrible hands. You were just one of the many poor draft picks from a former GM.

    Keeping running your mouth and the Sith Lord in New England will have your soul in a jar next to Wes Welkers.

    We dont miss you, We’d roll the dice on anyone of our 11 practice squad WR’s before we’d have you back.

    Panther Nation.

  70. realnflmaster says: Jun 9, 2014 9:32 AM

    NE Patriots still have never won a Superbowl. LOL!

  71. jgedgar70 says: Jun 9, 2014 9:44 AM

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news to the Patriot apologists, but the Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl in 10 years. Yes, I know, the Panthers have never won a Super Bowl and have only been in one. But all this talk about “The Patriot Way” creating the best sports organization that ever existed and players that become higher life forms than everyone else by wearing that uniform would carry more weight if they had wone more titles in the most recent years.

    As for LaFell, he couldn’t catch the ball if he had 4 hands, so I would take what he says with a grain of salt.

  72. realfootballfan says: Jun 9, 2014 9:50 AM

    For a bad receiver who can’t catch, this guy sure has a lot to say about his old team, lol. You left, so just talk about your new team, buddy.

  73. junkmtb says: Jun 9, 2014 9:51 AM

    It’s funny how out of all the WRs that left the Panthers this past season, the WORSE one is doing all the talking!!! La”Fail”, you’re fortunate that the Patriots even looked your way. You will be even more grateful if you make the 53 man roster! I suggest you work on running routes correctly and by all mean learning how to catch a ball! That football 101. And last for foremost keep your mouth shut! You’re not that good, consider yourself lucky aka fortunate!

  74. pantherpablo says: Jun 9, 2014 10:09 AM

    I like how the Pats fans completely dismiss Spygate as nothing, where Belichick was fined the largest amount of money in NFL history, yet they keep crying about a non-PI call last year. What a bunch of spoiled Boston sports fans.

  75. keeppounding says: Jun 9, 2014 10:14 AM

    this explains all his drops he wasn’t working hard enough

  76. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jun 9, 2014 10:27 AM

    jetsmmt says:
    Jun 8, 2014 6:55 PM
    If Vellano doesn’t trip Andrew Luck, the Colts win.

    The Patriot way.

    Yeah, he totally tripped him, that’s not fair.
    – Sal Alosi

    A tripping complaint from a Jets fan, just when I thought I’d heard it all. I guess that’s what sparked a 20+ point victory, who would,ve thought

  77. wizard39051 says: Jun 9, 2014 11:12 AM

    Just for you Brandon LaFell haters, he caught 49 passes last season for 628 yards. He will have a much better QB this season.

  78. nflcommissioner says: Jun 9, 2014 11:49 AM

    You’ll be working even harder dropping balls in camp before you get the axe. Good riddance

  79. patriotsarespygaters says: Jun 9, 2014 12:12 PM

    When u are as successful as pats it’s only natural you will have jealous haters

  80. patriotsarespygaters says: Jun 9, 2014 12:19 PM

    This guy is definitely not well versed in talking to the media but the panthers fans seem very hurt and sensitive with their comments on this article

  81. patriotsarespygaters says: Jun 9, 2014 12:27 PM

    Panthers fans acting like their team is elite now after 1 good season in several years hehe lol very funny

  82. alaskazz says: Jun 9, 2014 12:41 PM

    The receiving corps, work ethic and IQs of both teams benefit from Lafell moving to the Patriots. This is a WIN WIN – why is everyone so frustrated?

  83. phluffyclouds says: Jun 9, 2014 1:22 PM

    LeFail always running his mouth.

    Didn’t we beat the Patsies last season?

    Get over yourself already..

  84. drewzducks says: Jun 9, 2014 1:23 PM

    The Patriots have won 3 SB’s this century. The Jets reportedly won one back before man landed on the moon. Very few people who witnesses this alleged victory are still alive to verify it. We’ll give the sorry NYets fans the benefit of the doubt out of pity.

  85. tedmurph says: Jun 9, 2014 1:42 PM

    LaFell was 35th in the league in drops last yr with 6, 131rst in 2012 with 3 and 149th in 2011 with 2. Stats don’t bear out the rep. Scouting reports also say he’s a great blocker and good route runner. As usual, fans decide after a player is gone he stinks and who needs his 650 yrd and 3-4 TDs/ yr. Watch what Brady does with him. He got 900 yrds out of BLloyd and LaFell should be better. I’m sure Cotcherry, Avant, a rookie and a bunch of street FAs are gonna tear it up. Win totals for Carolina are set at 8.5 for 2014. Too high.

  86. simonator917 says: Jun 9, 2014 5:47 PM

    I think that when people talk about the “Patriot Way” they obviously aren’t referring winning the superbowl every, but they’re talking about continued excellence. Which they clearly have achieved.

  87. panthaz89 says: Jun 10, 2014 2:23 AM

    “LaFell was 35th in the league in drops last yr with 6, 131rst in 2012 with 3 and 149th in 2011 with 2. Stats don’t bear out the rep. Scouting reports also say he’s a great blocker and good route runner. As usual, fans decide after a player is gone he stinks and who needs his 650 yrd and 3-4 TDs/ yr. Watch what Brady does with him. He got 900 yrds out of BLloyd and LaFell should be better. I’m sure Cotcherry, Avant, a rookie and a bunch of street FAs are gonna tear it up. Win totals for Carolina are set at 8.5 for 2014. Too high.”

    Yeah keep pointing out the stats…except Panthers have seen this guy with their own eyes….his hands are terrible its a fact. Lafell resume was nowhere near Lloyd who had 1000 yard seasons previously….if you think he’s even a 800 yard receiver I feel really sorry for you. 35th in the league is really bad btw for a guy who got the 3rd most targets on his own team and 56th in the league and even worse he’s known for popping up the ball for picks. Enjoy the frustration because Ginn was even far more valuable than Lafell and he was considered nothing for several years before he came to the Panthers.

  88. tedmurph says: Jun 10, 2014 9:50 AM

    Stats>Panther fans eyes

  89. chazatlas says: Jun 10, 2014 8:11 PM

    LaFail couldn’t catch the balls that ‘were’ thrown to him in Carolina.

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