barring injuries or us landing Fitzgerald in a blockbuster trade in August.
I have heard lots of "meh" when it comes to Lafell. Lots of posters are down on the signing because they heard he drops the ball.(cant be worse than the rooks last year) and that he played in a run oriented offense.
Ok, Why is this a bad thing? Judging by the RB committee we have and the picks used on the O line, it seems like the Pats are open to more running. In fact I think they have wanted to run for a while now, but BB being the smart guy he is, knows that you cant run 60-40 with a D that cant get off the field. Last year it was supposed to happen but our D was depleted by midseason so we were back to riding Brady's arm as usual.
Now as much as I like Dobson, he is rich mans Todd Pinkston until he shows more. Lafell by comparison IS a legit NFL veteran WR who may not have outstanding #'s but his QB is also an immature albeit talented one who has a ways to go. Lafell has great size for the position but more importantly knows how to use it. I hear lots of folks questioning if he will be productive? Well I guess they didnt see when Brady was throwing TD passes to Dedric Ward and JJ Stokes one year. Lafell is a Blocker, 1st and foremost. He is a capable WR who may not carry the team but surely will make plays when his # is called.
The Reason I say he is a lock, not only to make the team but as a starter is pretty simple. The guy is a GREAT BLOCKER. I know, not flashy but picture Hines Ward...Always being praised for blocking downfield. Last night while I was watching NFL yearbooks. They were showing a play from the Panthers last season. It was Long run by D.WIlliams I believe. The play focused on the runner but the whole time I was saying to myself, I bet Lafell was down field blocking and sure enough when they panned to D.W. running into the endzone, there was Lafell at the 15 yard line, still blocking his guy, 60 YARDS DOWNFIELD. Now at the time BB drafted McCourty and said he was a 4 down player, there was some groans but I understood afterwards(Still not a great returner) but I get why he said it.
This is the same w/Lafell. People will say yea yea, everybody blocks, so what? To me this is gonna be his calling card. Being physical in the run game to the point of guys wanted to avoid him and then once we run playaction, he will be WIDE open. I am looking for a Big Year on the ground in part due to his prowess in blocking and I also believe he is going contribute a lot in the passing game after we establish the run. This may be the year we use the run to setup the pass instead of vice versa. Anyway, sorry for long winded post, but I had to put my thoughts out there on this guy. Some folks think I am always negative when in it comes to BB getting players when In actuality you will find that Ive made posts endorsing most the players BB has picked up including Ocho, Chung, Meri, Hobbs, McCourty, Mayo,etc but apparently I am not allowed to change my opinion once they dont show well on the field. So here I am, endorsing yet another BB pickup with high hopes. If HE DOES not produce anything and the pickup turns out be a bad one, please dont call me negative nancy when I say so. I have seen far more negative posters than me when it comes to players and there arent many guys I slam before they actually play a down.
Conversely there are some here who thinks its better to fit rookies for tan, canton jackets before they play a snap in the league...
"A lot of bookies are probably mad at us right now, but we don't give a damn, ... We're the champs!!"
Ty Law after his team defeated the Rams in SB 36.