Brandon LaFell picked Bengals because he wanted to stay with a winner

AP

Brandon LaFell was looking for work, sure.

But after spending two years with the Patriots, he was willing to be picky when looking for a new employer.

While Cincinnati hasn’t exactly been New England in terms of postseason success, LaFell did see something there he wanted to be a part of.

Once you get a taste of winning, you don’t want to take a step back and go somewhere where they’re trying to rebuild,” LaFell said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “If you have options to pick and choose where you want to go, you pick and choose a team that still is winning, has a good quarterback, good system and good opportunity to win.”

Of course, it’s unclear how many options LaFell had, though he has produced at a high level for good teams in the past. He caught 74 passes for 953 yards and seven touchdowns for the Patriots in 2014, but was slowed by injuries last season. A foot problem caused him to start the year on the PUP list, and he never regained his previous form.

“It motivates me a lot,” LaFell said. “To go out there and get back to play at a high level, which I did the year before I got injured. It motivates me a lot. I want to get back on the right foot. Going out there healthy, clean start. I just want to get back at playing at a high level and watching how I played last year definitely motivates me to work hard this offseason because I know what I put on film last year wasn’t me at full strength.”

He’s joining a team with plenty of offensive options, but LaFell has the kind of size to take advantage of mismatches inside, and ability to get downfield and make chunk plays. And perhaps the fact he caught a touchdown in the Super Bowl two years ago will help the Bengals become even more like the Patriots.

38 responses to “Brandon LaFell picked Bengals because he wanted to stay with a winner

  1. As long as he’s not your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd option, he’ll probably catch 40 balls over there. The problem is, he’ll drop 30.

  2. The Bengals do win a lot of games during the regular season.

    Then they lose the first round of the playoffs. But it’s only a matter of time before they win a playoff game. Eventually they will win and get to the next round, where they will falter.

  3. He better learn the Heimlich Maneuver… This Team is known as the “one and dones”. Oh, and before you go and bash my Dolphins in reply… Keep in mind they beat you the past 3 times they played.

  4. Bengals always seem like there about to take the next step and then fade down the stretch

    they have the talent, coaching, a very good qb…

    Time to take the next step and stop being paper tigers…

  5. Good luck JoJo! I will never forget that catch he made against the Ravens to take the lead late in the 4th of that Ravens playoff game. He had a bad year last year, specifically that 400 drop game in his return from PUP, but he was a big reason they won the SB in ’14.

  6. Well he doesn’t have to be the #1 guy, he just needs to a healthy & solid safety valve for Andy Dalton. “Healthy” might be the biggest issue with that plan.

  7. LaFell must be somewhat good. He sure has a lot of haters for a player who supposedly isn’t. Most players who are bums don’t get so many fans taking shots at them, cause most fans don’t care about them.

    Either way he’s like the 5th option and with all the weapons still on the team he’ll contribute and find his niche in the offense.

    BTW only fans of 3 teams can talk about the Bengals lack of post season success. Why? Because only 3 other teams have made the post season 5 years in a row like the Bengals. Those fans of the other 29 teams need to focus on why their teams can’t make the post season, or only randomly do once every couple years or so. If that.

  8. A dolphins fan saying the regular season doesn’t matter, then refers to our last 3 regular season meetings. I’ll take 5 one and dones over whatever it is that you’re “doing” in south Florida.

  9. LaFell was an enigma last season. It’s hard to understand how a foot injury effected his hands. In Carolina he had a rep as a guy that played hard but just dropped too many balls, went to NE and had a great year in ’14. Injury or not in ’15 he once again played hard but just dropped too many balls. Whether or not this is a good signing depends on which Jo Jo they get. I appreciate how hard the guy played but one really good year in six tells me which way I’d bet if forced to

  10. What? You compared the Bengals to the Pats? Guess that team in Cincy is pretty darned good after all!

  11. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Apr 1, 2016 10:18 AM
    LaFell was an enigma last season. It’s hard to understand how a foot injury effected his hands.

    Its interesting how the body works, being in pain probably caused him to think more about the injury thus reducing his focus. That is just my guess. When a part of your body ails, you are either over compensating leading to more injuries or it throws your game off.

  12. Its awesome the bengals have gotten to a point that trolls are everywhere. This franchise has some a long way, and have a lot of haters now. Love it

    To a 6th straight post season appearance. Assuming they dont lose Dalton or AJ green, they will be the best team in AFC this year.

    I do think Steelers would have been right there with them, but Bryant suspension is a dagger

    Pats are still pats…. but I think they have to figure out O line and brady is old now….. I dont think they have enough

  13. churchofthehoody says:
    Bengals always seem like there about to take the next step and then fade down the stretch
    they have the talent, coaching, a very good qb…
    _______________

    If we had all of that, we’re either cursed or should have won at least one playoff game in the last five years. I’ll buy us having bad luck to some extent, but every team has some bad luck.

    I tend to think we don’t have the coaching – hence the player meltdown in the game we’re all trying to forget. It’s got to be something, though. You can’t have everything you need and then fail five times in a row. It doesn’t make sense.

  14. LaFell has shown the ability to shine in the playoffs, and if he can do it in Cincy, more power to him. Just not against the Pats, please.

    I thank him for his service to the Pats, especially the Super Bowl year, and wish him well.

  15. Ignorance is a hater by nature but you have to win in the regular season to make the Playoffs to have a chance to win anything.Marvin Jones is going to love making 8m a year but he`ll soon find out why Barry Sanders and Megatron retired so early.When you lose in the playoffs you go on vacation when you lose in the regular season it last for 4 long months.People can be as negative as they want but signing Lafell for 1 year to fill a hole and then letting him go next season for a 6-7 round comp pick is another good move.

  16. Funny, Dansby’s comments about coming to the Bengals were very similar… Playoff hate all you want, but I love that the team has come so far that they are now a preferred destination for free agents.

  17. whodey83 says:
    Apr 1, 2016 10:03 AM
    A dolphins fan saying the regular season doesn’t matter, then refers to our last 3 regular season meetings. I’ll take 5 one and dones over whatever it is that you’re “doing” in south Florida.
    ___________________________________

    Your comment is outright dumb. It just means you are in an easier Division. The Dolphins beat every team in the AFC North. Bad Argument Fool! Making the Playoff and losing right away means you just have a worse Draft Pick. Seriously, that is the reality.

  18. Ohh Brandon: You drop as many balls as you catch on and off the field!
    You dropped the ball Leaving the winning Pats organization . Is joining the Bungals a catch?

    The panthers really miss you!

  19. At least when they get to the post season, they get there legitimately – not by cheating, cheating, and more cheating!

    If they do ever pull out a playoff win or a Superbowl, at least it won’t have a huge ugly ASTERISK next to it. LOL!!!!

  20. LaFell – one of the worst WR’s ever to play the game. If he was any good AT ALL with a PASSING QB like BRADY he should have had at least 1,000 yards and 10 TD’s, but he can’t run a route. That’s why he was not trusted. Anyone that can run a route does well in NE. Those that can’t catch or run a route end up as 3rd stringers on lesser teams, the list is endless.

  21. And BTW, I am not a ‘hater’ at all, I just know what I DIDN’T see last season, or most seasons, just no consistency at all. That is a MUST when playing with a QB that COUNTS on you to be where you are supposed to be, AND you have to make the catch.

  22. LaFell, Superbowl champ, has accomplished a lot more in life than anyone posting comments here. Not to mention the fact that he is a millionaire.

    People have no idea the injuries that these guys have to fight through while competing against elite athletes every week.

    I don’t understand all the hate at him and the Bengals.

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