Brandon LaFell is listed as a wide receiver in New England. But a report suggests he could see some time at tight end for the Patriots.
In a story published Friday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe said to “watch out” for LaFell getting some work in the “‘Hernandez” role” in the New England offense. That would suggest LaFell might be used like ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez, a receiving tight end who had the athleticism to be moved around in the formation.
The Patriots list LaFell at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. By contrast, Hernandez was one inch shorter and 35 pounds heavier, per his NFL.com biography.
As Volin noted, the Patriots are not especially deep at tight end. They do, however, have quite a few options at wide receiver. More on LaFell’s role could be learned in training camp, and his weight could provide something of a clue. Some extra bulk would be helpful if regular tight end reps are to be part of his responsibilities.