Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell thinks very highly of his teammates – so much so that he doesn’t think anyone can stop them.
In a story Wednesday in The Charlotte Observer LaFell said “We’ve got guys that can compete with anybody. I don’t feel like there’s a secondary that really can stop us because we’ve got as many guys as anyone else has that can get open and make plays.”
This statement came on the heels of #1 receiver Steve Smith missing practice with a foot infection from a laceration he received during the game last week against the Miami Dolphins.
Brandon LaFell is entering his third NFL season, generally considered the time when young players have learned enough about life and work in the NFL to put it all together and bump up their play to reach their full potential. LaFell has been very consistent so far, having 38 receptions for 468 yards and a TD as a rookie and snagging 36 passes last year for 613 yards and 3 TDs in 2011. His yards per reception shot up from 12.3 as a rookie to a very impressive 17.0 with Cam Newton pulling the trigger on the Panthers’ vertical passing attack.
LaFell, the team’s #2 WR and starter opposite Steve Smith, continued, “Smitty’s like Iron Man, Smitty’ll be hurt today, be feeling great tomorrow. So I’m not worrying about Smitty. He knows how to take care of his body. We’ll see him back soon.”
With David Gettis coming off a torn ACL in 2010 and missing all of last season, he’ll be battling Kealoha Pilares and ex-Raider Louis Murphy for the #3 spot.
Rookie returner/WR sensation Joe Adams should work his way up the depth chart as he learns the tools of the trade so the talent just keeps growing. Adams could see time as an inside/slot receiver in empty backfield and 4 and 5 WR sets.