Brandon LaFell ‘frustrated as hell’ with Patriots’ offense

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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  • Brooke Schultz

    brandon has got it right!i can not think of a more under achieving team than the patriots.i love this team but they are driving me nuts.i am watching the rest of the qbs in the nfl march down the field and score tds in very little time.with brady these little 6 yard passes are getting boring with no results.brady said he would retire if he starts to suck.look at his numbers,he has not started to suck,he started that 2 seasons ago.its time to start the youngster,at least he will attempt to throw to brandon,danny,and all the other can not believe how frustrated i am.i have absolutley nothing to brag about at work,ahhhh!

    • prabjit grewal

      actually if brady can get his oline to get him some time to throw the ball maybe lafell and the other receivers might get looks brady has no choice but to throw the ball as quickly as possible as he is pressured frequently throughout the game, once the oline does what they are able to do, brady should be driving down the field scoring tds too, but if hes not, then they might want to look to make a trade or two to get some help on the receiving end, brady has mad a few bad throws but you can not blame him for majority of the struggles with the offense, he’s still capable of throwing 30 tds just needs everyone else to do their part for them to run a smooth offense.