For Brandon LaFell, all is not well.
The Patriots’ backup receiver told the Boston Globe that he’s “frustrated as hell” with his blocking-based role in the offense.
“I’m frustrated as hell, man,” LaFell said. “I want to catch passes like every other guy in here, like every receiver around the league. But the game plan is not for me to catch, it’s to block. So that’s what I’ve got to do.”
LaFell, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract this offseason, came over from the Panthers, where he was a productive wideout. He caught at least 36 passes and totaled more than 600 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons.
This season? No such luck.
He turned in goose-egg in Week 1, failing to record a single catch. In Week 2, he wasn’t even targeted. Rotoworld points out LaFell has been on the field to block on 37-of-77 snaps. Suffice it to say Tom Brady isn’t looking his way.
LaFell’s grievance is understandable, but not necessarily acceptable. Airing his dirty laundry could sooner land him in Bill Belichick’s doghouse than an expanded role on offense.
As he’s finding out, New England is a far cry from Carolina.
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