LaFell caught five passes for 32 yards on eight targets in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Bills. A couple of those receptions came late on shuffle passes to help move the chains, which obviously are going to result in fewer yards per target. LaFell isn't often targeted downfield in this offense, though the injury to Tyler Boyd (knee) could create a few extra opportunities, especially if John Ross (knee) can't return after the bye.
LaFell (knee) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The wideout's involvement in the full team session likely removes any doubt regarding his availability for Sunday's contest against the Bills. Though the Bengals offense has settled into a groove the last two weeks following abysmal showings in the team's first two contests of 2017, LaFell hasn't been a beneficiary. In fact, LaFell has actually seen his role in the Bengals' passing attack diminish the past two weeks, with quarterback Andy Dalton targeting him a combined five times.
LaFell nabbed two of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 31-7 win over Cleveland. Despite some concerns about his knee, LaFell led Cincinnati's receivers with 56 offensive snaps. He still was held to three or fewer targets for the second consecutive week after at least five targets per game in Weeks 1 and 2. LaFell has yet to catch a pass of 15 or more yards this season and looks like a nominal feature of the Bengals offense despite starting opposite A.J. Green. Don't risk starting him until he finds his groove.
LaFell was held to one catch for five yards on only two targets in Sunday's loss to the Packers. LaFell might be the Bengals' starting wide receiver opposite A.J. Green, but he's done little with the opportunity, failing to eclipse 30 yards in a game so far.
LaFell caught three of five targets for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to Baltimore. LaFell started off hot last season, with at least 50 yards receiving in four of his first five games. He ended the season on the opposite end of the spectrum with 50 yards or fewer in four of six games. He has continued that modest production throughout the preseason and on Sunday. Given Tyler Eifert's injury history, LaFell is probably Cincinnati's most reliable threat outside of A.J. Green. Given how the Bengals looked Sunday, that might not mean much, however, and things are unlikely to improve from a production standpoint once rookie first-round pick John Ross (knee) returns, possibly in Week 2.
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