Brandon LaFell was cut by the Patriots and signed with the Bengals, where he will try to help replace the departed Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons). He could earn the starting job opposite A.J. Green, but LaFell proved last season he's really not that good of a receiver with 37 catches for 515 yards and no touchdowns on 74 targets. He only played in 11 games because of a foot injury, which could have hindered his production, but aside from a quality year in 2014 with the Patriots when he had 74 catches for 953 yards and seven touchdowns, LaFell never had more than 49 catches, 677 yards and five touchdowns in any season. He'll be a late-round flier at best with the Bengals, but he could increase his value if he ends up starting in Week 1 ahead of rookie Tyler Boyd. And if he does come out playing well then add him off waivers in the majority of leagues.
LaFell (hand) is expected to get heavy work in Sunday's preseason game against Jacksonville. LaFell needs to develop a rapport with quarterback Andy Dalton, and merely needs to get more reps period after missing the first two preseason games. He has fallen behind rookie Tyler Boyd in the battle to be the #2 wide receiver on the Bengals.
LaFell (hand) participated in practice on Sunday, Jim Owczarski of the Enquirer reports. LaFell is dealing with ligament damage in his right hand, but expects to play through the injury for the time being. Coach Marvin Lewis indicated earlier in the week that it wouldn't cost LaFell any regular season action, so it appears he's not at risk of missing significant time. He was back at practice Sunday and barring any setbacks, he should continue to start opposite A.J. Green.
Though LaFell is reportedly dealing with ligament damage in his right hand, coach Marvin Lewis doesn't expect the wideout to miss the Bengals' regular season opener against the Jets. Supporting that notion is a Cincinnati Enquirer report indicating that the "initial outlook is that LaFell will manage the injury without surgery." In any case, LaFell seems unlikely to play in Thursday night's preseason game against the Lions. Rookie Tyler Boyd and veteran Brandon Tate are the main candidates to see extra wideout reps when LaFell either sits out action or is limited at practice.
Coach Marvin Lewis indicated Tuesday that he doesn't expect LaFell (hand) to miss the Bengals' season opener. Lewis' assertion arrives on the heels of a report that LaFell could potentially undergo a non-season ending procedure to repair a ligament in his hand. There's also the possibility that LaFell could opt to approach the issue through rehab and play through his injury, but in any case, this is yet another hit to the Bengals' pass-catching corps, which bid adieu to Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones this offseason and is currently without the services of top tight end Tyler Eifert (PUP/ankle). Top candidates to see extra reps at wideout should LaFell miss any practice/preseason action are rookie Tyler Boyd and Brandon Tate.
LaFell has a torn ligament in his hand and may need surgery, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports. Although the procedure wouldn't be season-ending, it would presumably threaten LaFell's Week 1 availability. He may still be able to avoid surgery, which would be quite useful for a Cincinnati team that's already in danger of starting the season without TE Tyler Eifert (ankle). LaFell has been competing with second-round selection Tyler Boyd for a starting job, but the rookie may now have no choice but to step into an immediate leading role. LaFell isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Lions, ESPN's Coley Harvey reports.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|6||10/16||@New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|10||11/15||@New York Giants||23||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||93||53||698||4||34||13.17||94|