Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell has been a little bitter since the Panthers made the decision to not re-sign him this off season. He took his frustration to the media, announcing to the world that the Patriots “practice harder” than the Panthers. This obviously did not go well with his previous fans, and I’m sure it left players and coaching staff in Carolina a little insulted. One player chose to speak out against LaFell’s words, and surprisingly it was ex-Saint safety Roman Harper.
Following OTAs on Wednesday, Harper told media that the Patriots practice “like everyone else”, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. Harper practiced against New England when the Saints held joint practices, so he was able to experience the Patriot way first hand.
Harper’s comments are a good start to his career with Carolina, and it certainly shows his dedication to the Panthers’ standards for work ethic. It’s silly to think that one team practices harder than others. This is the NFL, and professionals should always put forth 200%. Maybe someone should let LaFell know that it’s about the effort you put forth yourself.