Brandon LaFell, 27, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers after entering the NFL as a third-round draft pick (78th overall) by Carolina out of Louisiana State in 2010. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has played in 60 NFL games with 36 starts and has registered 167 receptions for 2,385 yards and 13 touchdowns. He started in one postseason game and finished with four receptions for 34 yards. Signed by the Patriots on March 17, 2014.
Brandon LaFell was signed by the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Carolina on March 17, 2014 ... Originally drafted by Carolina in the third round (78th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASONAL REVIEWS2014 (9/7)
- Holds Panthers team record for longest offensive play with a 91-yard touchdown reception from Cam Newton vs. Tampa Bay (12/24/11).
- Ranked fourth in receptions (38) and sixth in yards receiving (468) among NFL rookies in 2010.
2013 (16/16, 1/1)
- Started and recorded six catches for 53 yards and one touchdown in the win vs. Denver (11/2). It was his fifth touchdown of the season, tying his career high.
- Established career highs in receptions and yards with 11 catches for 124 yards and one touchdown in the win vs. Chicago (10/26). It was his fourth career 100-yard game and his second of the season.
- Started and caught four passes for 55 yards in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16).
- Started and led the team with 97 receiving yards and two touchdowns on four receptions, including a season-long 56-yard touchdown catch to seal the win at Buffalo (10/12).
- Started and caught one pass for 20 yards on the first drive of the game, leading to a Patriots touchdown in the win vs. Cincinnati (10/5).
- Recorded his first 100-yard game as a Patriot and the third of his career at Kansas City (9/29), finishing with a career-high 119 yards on six catches. Also scored his first touchdown with the Patriots on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter.
- Started his first game and recorded his first reception as a Patriot in the win vs. Oakland (9/21), finishing with four catches for 46 yards.
- Made his Patriots debut in the season opener at Miami (9/7).
- Started all 16 regular-season games and established career highs in receptions (49) and touchdowns (5) and compiled 627 receiving yards. Also rushed twice for 15 yards.
- Played in and started his first career postseason game in the Divisional Playoff vs. San Francisco (1/12) and caught four passes for 34 yards.
- Posted three receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns at N.Y. Giants (9/22), the first multi-TD game of his career.
- Caught four passes for a career-high 107 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota (10/13).
- Compiled a career-high seven receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown vs. New England (11/18).
- Played in 14 games with 12 starts and posted 44 receptions for a career-high 677 yards and four touchdowns. Also rushed for 35 yards on three attempts.
- Was inactive due to a concussion at Washington (11/4) and with a toe injury vs. Atlanta (12/9).
- Had 13 receptions of 20 yards or more.
- Tied a then career-high with a team-leading six receptions for 90 yards vs. New Orleans (9/16).
- Played all 16 games with six starts and totaled 36 receptions for 613 yards and three touchdowns.
- Posted three receptions for 103 yards vs. Tampa Bay (12/24), marking the first 100-yard receiving game of his career and established a team record for longest offensive play when he caught a 91-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton.
- Played 14 games with two starts and caught 38 passes for 468 yards and one touchdown. Also had one rushing attempt for a career-long 60 yards. Ranked fourth in receptions and sixth in receiving yards among NFL rookies
- Was inactive due to a hamstring injury vs. Tampa Bay (9/19) and a concussion vs. Baltimore (11/21).
- Became the ninth rookie to start opening day for the Panthers since 2002 at N.Y. Giants (9/12). Posted his first career reception for 8 yards in the second quarter.
- Posted four receptions for 40 yards and his first career touchdown at St. Louis (10/31).
- Posted the longest rush of his career on a 60-yard scamper as part of a drive that led to a field goal at Atlanta (1/2).
- Posted 175 receptions for 2,517 yards and 25 touchdowns at LSU. Ranks second in school history in receiving touchdowns, third in receptions and fifth in receiving yards.
- Led LSU in receiving yards for three years from 2007-09.
- Was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2008 and a second-team pick in 2009.
- Ended his career by catching at least one pass in 41 straight games that dated back to the Sugar Bowl win over Notre Dame to end the 2006 season.
- Redshirted as a freshman in 2005.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
- Born Nov. 4, 1986.
- Attended Lamar High School in Houston, Texas.
- Majored in general studies at Louisiana State.
- With a 91-yard touchdown reception vs. Tampa Bay (12/24/11), Brandon LaFell established the Panthers team record for the longest offensive play. The 91-yard throw and catch from quarterback Cam Newton bettered the previous Carolina record - an 89-yard touchdown reception by Willie Green from Kerry Collins vs. Atlanta (12/17/95).