WR Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots
In a somewhat surprising move, the New England Patriots cut ties with Brandon LaFell. LaFell battled a nagging foot injury in 2015 which led to a down year of 515 receiving yards and no touchdowns. He missed five games.
LaFell might not be a star wideout, but he has proven to be a reliable pass-catcher when healthy. In 2014, LaFell caught 74 passes for 953 yards and seven touchdowns, and he played a key role in the Patriots’ road to Super Bowl triumph over the Seahawks.
At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, LaFell has the size to be a boundary threat for Green Bay, something the offense severely lacked in 2015. Davante Adams struggled all year long and needs to prove he’s capable of becoming the player the Packers hoped for when drafting him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
As he was released by the Patriots, signing him wouldn’t affect the Packers’ status for compensatory picks in 2017, which as we know is one of Ted Thompson’s keys to maintaining a strong, young roster built through the draft.
On a cheap, short-term deal, LaFell would be worth bringing to training camp.
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