It’s Twitter Tuesday! This week, we look at former Carolina Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell. He was a third round pick out of LSU in 2010 expected to fill the void left by Muhsin Muhammad. Unfortunately, he never really emerged as the number two receiver to complement Steve Smith that Carolina had hoped and that’s a big reason why the Panthers let him walk this offseason. He signed with the New England Patriots, where he apparently is very happy.
He’s had a few choice quotes recently that have come across to some as indirect shots at the Panthers. He said, “we work a little harder here (in New England)” to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. He also commented that, “I had a chance to play with a Hall of Fame quarterback. One day Cam will be there probably, but he’s not there now.”
None of those were as damning as this comment though. “I feel like it was a better chance to come up here and get more balls and win than it was in Carolina. Nothing against those guys. It’s a great organization and those guys are going to win, but it’s proven up here, man. We were winning last year in Carolina. These guys were winning up here the last 10-plus years. So why not come to a winning organization?”
Unsurprisingly, many Panthers fans weren’t happy with these statements from LaFell and voiced their displeasure to him via Twitter.
Because he’s so mature LaFell had this to say to his “haters.”
Positive vibes only!!! U will get blocked btw #GoPats
— Jody Breeze (@Blafell1) June 8, 2014
Realistically, what LaFell said had quite a bit of truth to it. Tom Brady is a Hall of Fame quarterback right now and Cam Newton isn’t. At the moment, the Patriots are definitely a better organization than Carolina as evidenced by their success over the last decade or so.
However, LaFell still needs to shut his mouth because it’s just not a good look for him. The Panthers gave him every opportunity to succeed and he simply never took advantage. In fact, a big reason the Panthers couldn’t advance farther last season was because LaFell never turned into a quality number two receiver.