Brandon LaFell on His Way to the Raiders
USA – September 4, 2018
Former Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, Super Bowl champion and LSU graduate, Brandon LaFell has signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.
This signing is considered to be a great move for the Raiders, especially since their top wide receiver, Martavis Bryant, is likely to face a potential suspension. LaFell fills that role for now, at least.
At 31 years old, LaFell can still supply adequate production as a third receiver. Last season, LaFell caught 52 passes for 548 yards and three touchdowns as the Number 2 wideout in Cincinnati. For his career, he's caught 394 passes for 5,263 yards and 29 touchdowns. The Bengals granted his request for a release in August.
It’s also expected that one of those first-round picks received in the Raiders’ Khalil Mack trade to the Chicago Bears will be spent on a receiver. In the meantime, though, LaFell will have to be a big-time contributor to the team.
LaFell studied at Lamar High School in Houston, where he played football, basketball, and ran track. His coach there was Tom Nolen, and as a high-school senior LaFell caught 46 passes for 1,116 yards and 16 touchdowns. Also starring on special teams, he returned punts of 65 and 58 yards for touchdowns. LaFell was a member of the Houston Chronicle Top 100 and named first-team All-Greater Houston Area in 2004.
On April 23, 2010, LaFell was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of NFL draft, 78th overall.