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Tom Brady on Brandon LaFell: Nice to have a taller wideout out there

Brandon LaFell ,Sean Lee AP

Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell had a good day at practice on Tuesday, including a highlight reel one-handed catch for a big gain on a go route.

That’s a big change from some of LaFell’s earlier work this summer and from his days with the Panthers, both of which were marked by drops that limited his effectiveness to the offense. Quarterback Tom Brady has noticed the change in fortune for LaFell as camp has progressed and he’s also noticed that LaFell’s height gives the Patriots passing game a different look.

“He keeps making more plays,” Brady said, via CSNNE.com. “He’s understanding better and better. He’s a veteran. He’s savvy, knows how to run the routes, big body, big frame, makes a lot of tough catches. … I’ve got some of the little pygmies out there like Julian [Edelman] and Danny [Amendola] and it’s nice to have a little bigger guy out there from time to time who has a bigger catch radius. Hopefully Danny and Julian don’t get mad at me for saying that. They won’t. They know I’m joking.”

Brady might be joking about Edelman and Amendola, but there’s some seriousness in his enjoyment of a bigger receiver. It’s something the Patriots lacked last season and Aaron Dobson’s continued absence from the lineup leaves LaFell as the likeliest player to change that in 2014. If he can, there will be even more to like about New England’s offense this season. Unless, of course, you’re trying to defend them.

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50 Responses to “Tom Brady on Brandon LaFell: Nice to have a taller wideout out there”
  1. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 6, 2014 9:26 AM

    Still not convinced in lafall…we will see tho

  2. brohamma says: Aug 6, 2014 9:26 AM

    SLEEPER

  3. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 6, 2014 9:30 AM

    Zero superbowls since Spygate. Losses to Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco at home in the playoffs. Embarrassed by Eli Manning twice. Outplayed and outclassed by Peyton Manning.

    ***

  4. sb44champs says: Aug 6, 2014 9:32 AM

    Hopefully the refs don’t allow Patriots players to use HEADLOCKS against pass rushers to win games this year (SMH)

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 6, 2014 9:33 AM

    Sounds good and all, but when are they going to get this guy a standout WR?

  6. onenineninee says: Aug 6, 2014 9:39 AM

    This dude used to drop at least three perfectly positioned passes by Cam every game. With him and Ginn, I wonder how Newton got more than 100 passing yards per game.

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 6, 2014 9:47 AM

    In December or January when tom brady overthrows Brandon LaFell… all patriots fans will blame LaFell for not catching brady’s poorly thrown pass.

  8. glmore says: Aug 6, 2014 9:48 AM

    Can make a clutch catch, then drop an easy one…one positive thing; dude is a beast on blocking. Run game will improve for Pats. Panthers will miss that aspect of his game this year.

  9. cropslx says: Aug 6, 2014 9:48 AM

    He is garbage!! Just wait Pats fans when he makes a critical drop!

  10. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 6, 2014 9:49 AM

    Am I the only one that chuckled at Tom Brady’s “pygmies” comment?

  11. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 6, 2014 9:50 AM

    This was a great pickup by the Patriots. He will be successful with the Patriots

  12. renbutler says: Aug 6, 2014 9:51 AM

    Yeah, it will be nice to have a taller receiver to underthrow the deep ball too…

  13. forwardpass12 says: Aug 6, 2014 9:55 AM

    if Gronk stays healthy, Superbowl.

  14. billswillnevermove says: Aug 6, 2014 10:00 AM

    Based on the evidence in the public record today, it seems quite likely that Belichick and the Patriots have been cheating for years. Every one of the Patriots’ Super Bowls Championships is tarnished. That goes for their AFC Championships too. This will be my post on every Patriot post. It will be like the movie Groundhog’s Day.

  15. gayforbrady says: Aug 6, 2014 10:06 AM

    Pats have the easiest schedule in the nfl.

    Afc east is a joke.

    We get Denver at home.

    Only green bay and colts away.

    Ravens never making the playoffs again with Shane Falco as QB.

    It’s going to come down to pats and Denver again. This time we will have home field advantage.

  16. flash1287 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:06 AM

    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says:
    Aug 6, 2014 9:30 AM
    Zero superbowls since Spygate. Losses to Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco at home in the playoffs. Embarrassed by Eli Manning twice. Outplayed and outclassed by Peyton Manning.

    And yet still better than your team?

  17. micknangold says: Aug 6, 2014 10:12 AM

    Ya know what, as a Jets fan I just don’t need Lafell finally finding his groove on the Patriots. He’s got the physical tools to be a Pro Bowler.

  18. samphilvista82 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:12 AM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Aug 6, 2014 10:00 AM
    Based on the evidence in the public record today, it seems quite likely that Belichick and the Patriots have been cheating for years. Every one of the Patriots’ Super Bowls Championships is tarnished. That goes for their AFC Championships too. This will be my post on every Patriot post. It will be like the movie Groundhog’s Day.
    __________________________

    wide right
    wide right
    wide right
    wide right

  19. 6ball says: Aug 6, 2014 10:14 AM

    .
    Don’t be surprised to see Lafell playing the move TE position. He’s an above average blocker.

    Q. What do you call a 12-4 season in New England?

    A. Below Par , as the Patriots have averaged over 12 wins per season since 2001.
    .

  20. jolink653 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:14 AM

    It’s amazing that so many people take time out of their days to troll every Patriots article and spew this mindless garbage about “cheating”. Must get boring down there alone in Mom’s basement at 45

  21. valentino8100 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:17 AM

    The Bills and every other team participated in the same things the Patriots were disciplined for. The only difference is, as with all other things NFL, the Patriots were just plain better at it, and took it on the chin for everyone.

    (Also see: N.O. Saints and Bounty-Gate)

  22. junkmtb says: Aug 6, 2014 10:22 AM

    Performing well in practice is one thing, game time a different story and Lafail will show his true colors then!

  23. micknangold says: Aug 6, 2014 10:24 AM

    It’s amazing that so many people take time out of their days to troll every Patriots article and spew this mindless garbage about “cheating”. Must get boring down there alone in Mom’s basement at 45

    Welcome to PFT. 95% trolling. I admit I do it from time to time, but I respect Belichick, Brady, and especially Robert Kraft, and all they’ve accomplished together, even if I hate them so.

  24. beefsbrother says: Aug 6, 2014 10:27 AM

    Pats were arrogant enough and tried to be cute and got caught. The trolls know that everyone practiced this and just use the conspiracy theory to try and get under Pats fans’ skins. Not working here.

    #greatestrunofsustainedexcellenceinleaguehistory

  25. gayforbrady says: Aug 6, 2014 10:28 AM

    Being a jets, bills or dolphins fan today has to feel like a patriot fan of the 70′s and 80′s.

    Pats sucked back then and had no chance getting to the post season.

    I kind of pity them.

    All they have now is butt fumble, sensitive locker rooms and bon Jovi. Thank god the days of going 8-8 or 9-7 are gone for the pats and thinking that was a good season.

  26. feelnsavage says: Aug 6, 2014 10:28 AM

    Even I predicted that Lafell will probably seem amazing in the pats offense… Most us panther fans are gonna be pissed if Lafell stops dropping passes and gets pro bowler status

  27. billswillnevermove says: Aug 6, 2014 10:34 AM

    gayforbrady says:Aug 6, 2014 10:28 AM

    Being a jets, bills or dolphins fan today has to feel like a patriot fan of the 70’s and 80’s.

    Pats sucked back then and had no chance getting to the post season.

    I kind of pity them.

    All they have now is butt fumble, sensitive locker rooms and bon Jovi. Thank god the days of going 8-8 or 9-7 are gone for the pats and thinking that was a good season.
    ________________________________
    Until gayforbrady and Bill Belacheat retire, then you will be back in the same boat….losing every year.

  28. ldfontenot says: Aug 6, 2014 10:38 AM

    Good Luck Jo Jo. Hope you do well in NE.

  29. atxpatfan says: Aug 6, 2014 10:42 AM

    LOL at all these haters…they’re so obsessed with the Patriots that they waste their time posting all these comments. It’s awesome!

    Imagine being a Jaguars fan…nobody would even bother.

    Keep it up losers!

  30. cornerstone2001 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:45 AM

    Oh great…Now all the pygmies will sue the Patriots to change their name to the New England Pygmies

  31. uglydingo says: Aug 6, 2014 10:47 AM

    Missing component for Super Bowl glory – Brandon LaFell. Who knew?

  32. weepingjebus says: Aug 6, 2014 10:47 AM

    The D.C. papers were agape over the fact that Brady got a standing ovation when the practice started — from a Redskins crowd. The trolls will troll, but the guy is beloved by millions for showing how a 6th round beanpole can live the dream if you just give him a chance.

  33. jnbnet says: Aug 6, 2014 10:55 AM

    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says:
    Aug 6, 2014 9:30 AM
    Zero superbowls since Spygate. Losses to Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco at home in the playoffs. Embarrassed by Eli Manning twice. Outplayed and outclassed by Peyton Manning.

    ****************************************
    It’s true. The Patriots have actually lost some games. They will probably lose a couple this year too.

  34. billswillnevermove says: Aug 6, 2014 10:57 AM

    weepingjebus says:Aug 6, 2014 10:47 AM

    The D.C. papers were agape over the fact that Brady got a standing ovation when the practice started — from a Redskins crowd. The trolls will troll, but the guy is beloved by millions for showing how a 6th round beanpole can live the dream if you just give him a chance.
    _________________________________
    Living the dream from stolen signals. Brady wouldn’t start on another other team in the NFL. He is no different than Matt Cassell, who by the way went 11-5 with the Patriots and never did anything again after he left their. “Doug Flutie reportedly told John Saunders, a Canadian/American ESPN television analyst, that during one of his first games in New England, he accidentally picked up the wrong helmet with the green dot in the back (Tom Brady’s backup helmet) and held it to his ear, so he could follow the play calling. This is something backup quarterbacks do often during a game. Flutie told Saunders that he was amazed that the coaches kept right on speaking to Brady past the fifteen-second cutoff, right up until the snap. In addition, the voice in Tom Brady’s helmet was explaining the exact defense he was about to face. This story was revealed by Dan Le Batard, an ESPN contributor, on his talk radio show on The Ticket in Miami, Florida. Le Batard added, ‘We’ve tried to talk to Flutie on our radio show about it, but he hangs up on my producer.’”

  35. metitometin says: Aug 6, 2014 11:02 AM

    Get a clue. I suppose if the Patriots were videotaping, David Tyree would have never made that lucky, fluke catch. Pats beat the Giants all over the field that day and if not for a miracle, Pats win the game and shut up all the haters about the Patriot’s dynasty.

    I’ll give the Patriots a half a Superbowl there and another half a Superbowl for 2012 because if Gronk is healthy rather then taken out by a cheap shot from Bernard Pollard, Pats beat the Giants again easy.

  36. flash1287 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:10 AM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Aug 6, 2014 10:57 AM
    weepingjebus says:Aug 6, 2014 10:47 AM

    The D.C. papers were agape over the fact that Brady got a standing ovation when the practice started — from a Redskins crowd. The trolls will troll, but the guy is beloved by millions for showing how a 6th round beanpole can live the dream if you just give him a chance.
    _________________________________
    Living the dream from stolen signals. Brady wouldn’t start on another other team in the NFL. He is no different than Matt Cassell, who by the way went 11-5 with the Patriots and never did anything again after he left their. “Doug Flutie reportedly told John Saunders, a Canadian/American ESPN television analyst, that during one of his first games in New England, he accidentally picked up the wrong helmet with the green dot in the back (Tom Brady’s backup helmet) and held it to his ear, so he could follow the play calling. This is something backup quarterbacks do often during a game. Flutie told Saunders that he was amazed that the coaches kept right on speaking to Brady past the fifteen-second cutoff, right up until the snap. In addition, the voice in Tom Brady’s helmet was explaining the exact defense he was about to face. This story was revealed by Dan Le Batard, an ESPN contributor, on his talk radio show on The Ticket in Miami, Florida. Le Batard added, ‘We’ve tried to talk to Flutie on our radio show about it, but he hangs up on my producer.’”

    Lame and made up.
    How do you explain Brady has done since 2007?
    2 MVP’s
    Let me guess, they are still doing it. Right hater.

    Enjoy 6-10 again.
    It must suck to know it’s still training camp and your season is already over.
    #billsmafiablows

  37. ampats says: Aug 6, 2014 11:12 AM

    @billswillnevermove,

    I think instead of posting lies on a conversation that never took place, you should be more concerned about the moving trucks that will be coming up I90.

    Love the haters especially of a team that has traded the first pick in the 2015 draft to Cleveland for Sammy Watkins who EJ Manuel can’t complete a throw to.

  38. tqaztec says: Aug 6, 2014 11:13 AM

    touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 6, 2014 9:33 AM

    “Sounds good and all, but when are they going to get this guy a standout WR?”

    Randy Moss still has a phone.

  39. mattytwoshoes says: Aug 6, 2014 11:16 AM

    Living the dream from stolen signals. Brady wouldn’t start on another other team in the NFL.
    ————————————————–

    You’re either intecellectually dishonest or just a moron….equal sins in my book. If Brady were a free agent tomorrow, no less than 12-15 teams would be in a bidding war for his services.

  40. 6ball says: Aug 6, 2014 11:17 AM

    .
    @billswillnevermove

    …….. out of the AFC East basement perhaps. It was a nice third hand story from a guy who played for the Patriots in the 80′s.

    Here’s a dose of reality. The Patriots are 22 – 2 vs the Bills with Brady as quarterback. That’s a. 917 winning percentage. You win a game a decade against the Patriots.
    .

  41. infectorman says: Aug 6, 2014 11:17 AM

    cropslx says: Aug 6, 2014 9:48 AM

    He is garbage!! Just wait Pats fans when he makes a critical drop!
    _________________

    We know all about critical drops here in NE….

    #WesWelkerinthesuperbowl

  42. billswillnevermove says: Aug 6, 2014 11:19 AM

    @metitometin………. Pats beat the Giants all over the field that day? What game were you watching? The Giants defense dominated that game and almost decapitated Brady. That’s the funny thing about you Patriot fans, you can never, ever admit when you are wrong.

  43. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Aug 6, 2014 11:22 AM

    Funny how buffalodumpster guy talks about patriots but he is a jets fan that I bet wasn’t even born for their first superbowl in the stone ages. They apparently have one of best coaches the best corner and the no.1 defense according to their players yet their a worst version of the December cowboys. They break your heart even though they are never a threat more of a laughing stock.

  44. dalcow4 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:52 AM

    Man that team has almost no talent. Without Brady this would be a Top 5 team every year– in the NFL draft.

  45. billswillnevermove says: Aug 6, 2014 12:23 PM

    @ampats………….typical Patriots fan, you don’t know how to read. The Bills aren’t going anywhere. No need for moving trucks. I have seen a hundred of your posts. 99% of them are lame.

  46. pukinbuzzard says: Aug 6, 2014 1:09 PM

    From talking about an off season aquisition to shredding Pats fans? How do you even watch FootBall if you can’t understand how a winning team wins? The Pats record speaks volumes about more than just the Patriots, they continually beat teams they were not supposed to play well against and keep winning season in season out? Bounces have gone for and against them but no other team has seen the type of success on a continual basis for more than a decade like the Pats have had, it’s not a coincidence or a fluke, it’s reality!!! Maybe in your world reality BITES but Pats fans don’t have that problem for the moment so don’t be a buzzkill and go to your teams site to se if anyone other than fans of the team post anything, I bet not 1/3 of the negative posts or you would be too busy barking at all the haters in your back yard!!!

  47. jdphx says: Aug 6, 2014 1:31 PM

    Saw a story recently about the 4’9″ kid from Rice….

  48. 1historian says: Aug 6, 2014 1:47 PM

    Open letter to all Pats haters, and I know you are legion:

    I see you’re getting warmed up for the season, and that’s nice.

    We Pats’ fans are stocking up on our Wine and Cheese for the games, while you are stocking up on your whine, and that’s nice too.

    If you want to be taken seriously when you come on line, let me give you a suggestion – identify yourself as a fan of another team instead of just a random ranter and you might get taken seriously.

    Speaking for myself and many other Pats’ fans – we already know that we are obnoxious and arrogant and that the best time of the year is JUST around the corner, so you’ll have to find a new approach.

    Have a nice day.

  49. pukinbuzzard says: Aug 6, 2014 1:55 PM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Aug 6, 2014 10:34 AM
    gayforbrady says:Aug 6, 2014 10:28 AM

    Being a jets, bills or dolphins fan today has to feel like a patriot fan of the 70’s and 80’s.

    Pats sucked back then and had no chance getting to the post season.

    I kind of pity them.

    All they have now is butt fumble, sensitive locker rooms and bon Jovi. Thank god the days of going 8-8 or 9-7 are gone for the pats and thinking that was a good season

    Gotta tell you, even back in the 70s&80s we still made it to the SB! The Pats were out classed in both but still better than any other team in the AFC! The 90s when things turned around, kind of, the Pats went to SB and were out classed by GB and lost HUGE, all tough to take as a lifelong and TEAM LONG Pats fan. Went to my first game at Fenway Park to watch them be destroyed by the OILERS maybe? I was still a Pats fan and being a fan of Boston Sports in general I had endured the Sox losing so many times so I had thick skin so it was no big deal! 67 Impossible dream? What else needs to be said, it was a stake through the heart of Boston, still a fan!

    Buffalowillnevermove!

    Wide Right!

    Wide Right!

    Wide Right!

    Wide Right!

    That is the definition of bitter pill to swalow but you’re still a fan, right?

  50. infectorman says: Aug 6, 2014 2:01 PM

    @1historian

    well put.

    being the neighbor to the north of the home to the most obnoxious arrogant people in the world, they’ve forced us to step up our Arrogance Game to even step onto the field with them.

    Thanks NYC

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