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Brandon LaFell's ceiling

Posted: 12/3/2012 11:57 AM

Brandon LaFell's ceiling 


How good do you think Brandon LaFell can be? It seems that each week now he is coming up with big plays. Unfortunately he had a huge drop yesterday but hey he got open. I think he's going to be a valuable asset long term but we've yet to see him dominate a game. Do you guys think LaFell could eventually make probowls or possibly be a #1 guy?

I think he's got enough speed and talent to do it but it may be another year before we see him really explode. He's going to really have to work his ass off because the Panthers are in dire need of another WR blasting onto the scene and I'm not sure how much more patience they can afford.

Last edited 12/3/2012 11:59 AM by OneBadassCat

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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:36 PM

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I think he's a very solid WR at this point as long as there's a real threat on the opposite side of the field diverting attention from him.

Can he be "the guy", I think so, but he isn't right now.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:46 PM

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Smith is still a good wide receiver. He isnt as great as before, but still good. Lafell has really developed into a good #2 guy. But I think we need to find a new #1 who will replace Smith for that spot in two or three years.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:55 PM

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Posted: 12/3/2012 3:10 PM

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NJpanther05 wrote: Smith is still a good wide receiver. He isnt as great as before, but still good. Lafell has really developed into a good #2 guy. But I think we need to find a new #1 who will replace Smith for that spot in two or three years.

Smith is a guy who should have had 2 rings at this point, and yet has stayed focused and loyal to the Panthers organization. To get a receiver like him within a decade is a gift, so maybe we are due another under 6' feisty WR, but when I saw him catch the ones he did, or could, he still gets my #1 vote. He still gets the DE's & LB'ers riled too! biggrin
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Posted: 12/3/2012 3:30 PM

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I've always liked Gettis more, I wish they would let him play some in one of these games. Every open competition they've had since the year they were both drafted Gettis has won. Rivera doesn't seem too interested in playing him though unfortunately.
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Posted: 12/3/2012 3:34 PM

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Oh yea, and to answer your question about lafell's ceiling I don't think it is that high. I like him, he's a solid wr, but without above average speeed or the ability to use your size to create seperation it's hard to be a real top end receiver. Lafell has size but doesn't use it that efficiently imo. That combined with he does have a drop here and there, I think he is mostly a product of the coverage mostly worrying about Smith and Olsen.
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Posted: 12/3/2012 3:41 PM

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Yeah I agree Rivera has something against Gettis. We need to get him on the field ASAP. But I was at least please to see Joe Adams catching some passes. He very well could develop into a nice receiver.
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Posted: 12/3/2012 5:01 PM

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Gettis issues is he's not running his route well at all & isn't getting much of a release from the line
As for Lafell he's progressing very well Remember How long it took
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Posted: 12/3/2012 5:48 PM

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Agree totally.  Good not great WR as of right now.  I like LaFell but it's hard to handicap any player on this offense since we have been so inconsistent thus far.  Meaning OC playcalling,  inability to run the ball, sometimes poor QB play.  Would love for us to get back to our form like last year, no issues at all moving the football.
Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: I think he's a very solid WR at this point as long as there's a real threat on the opposite side of the field diverting attention from him.

Can he be "the guy", I think so, but he isn't right now.
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Posted: 12/3/2012 6:40 PM

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Steve may not be quite as explosive as he once was, but he's still a great WR. In the midst of a horrible season for the offense he's still on track for 1k yards at 33 years old while STILL dealing with double coverage and being the main focus of our passing...attack.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 8:33 PM

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I think he can be as good as a number 2 receiver as Moose was.

He's a perfect flanker, we just need a slot threat to open him up.
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Posted: 12/4/2012 4:20 PM

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I think he can be better than Moose because he seems to have better speed and agility when it comes to YAC, but Moose's real strength was as a possession type guy who you could always count on to find the chains and move them.

Brandon still has work to do, but he's improved from year to year.

I'm really intrigued by Gettis, because he has the straight line speed to take the top off of a D and really stretch the field, pulling the safeties out and letting the other guys work one and one.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:15 PM

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Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: I think he can be better than Moose because he seems to have better speed and agility when it comes to YAC, but Moose's real strength was as a possession type guy who you could always count on to find the chains and move them.

Brandon still has work to do, but he's improved from year to year.

I'm really intrigued by Gettis, because he has the straight line speed to take the top off of a D and really stretch the field, pulling the safeties out and letting the other guys work one and one.
Agree about Gettis. I wonder why Rivera hasn't given him a real chance yet? Hopefully Gettis is a major part of the youth evaluation movement.
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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:09 AM

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I see LaFell as a guy that could be a very solid #2 for years, he has truly improved alot from what he showed as as a rookie, a guy with an up arrow...you really needed him to pan out after the Jarrett fiasco, and he seems to be solid.....


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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:45 AM

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Agree.

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