Friday, August 1, 2014

LaFell: Ball placement sets Brady apart from Newton


Coming from the Carolina Panthers to the New England Patriots, receiver Brandon LaFell has gone from catching passes from a still developing up-and-comer to a seasoned future Hall-of-Famer.

The difference between Cam Newton and Tom Brady? LaFell is figuring it out.

“Both guys got strong arms, its just different ball placement," LaFell said last week, via CSNNE. Cam’s ball, they always came hard. That guy’s got a lot of talent, a lot of arm strength, Tom’s ball comes pretty hard too, but there’s different ball placement.

"The accuracy is a little better (with Tom) but both of those guys are (very talented).”

LaFell hauled in 49 receptions for 627 yards and five touchdowns last season. The fifth-year receiver has decent size at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, and recently worked mainly out of the slot with the Panthers but can play on the outside if need be.

He's providing some depth within a young receiver corps, but New England hopes he can do more. The more help, the better, and that includes in the run game.

"... he’s a helluva blocker," former Panthers coach Ron Rivera said during the offseason. "He is one of the better blocking wide receivers I have been around in my 26 years in the NFL."

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