Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon LaFell Rumored for Visit

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Dec 20, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Titans 33-16. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Titans 33-16. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports /
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Rand Getlin of NFL Network has reported that Brandon LaFell is rumored to be scheduled for a visit to the Queen City.

The Cincinnati Bengals are certainly looking at their options with the loss of both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. It is no surprise however that the first visitor from outside the Bengals organization is a wide receiver.

LaFell spent his last two years in New England with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. In 11 games last season, he gained 515 yards on 37 receptions, and zero touchdowns. He has the potential however to do more and even though his catch percentage is right at 50%, his 13.9 yards per catch are impressive.

Over LaFell’s six year career between the Patriots and Carolina Panthers, he has 278 catches on 488 targets for 3,853 yards with 20 touchdowns. His 6-foot-2 height would be a solid replacement at the number three receiver slot with Sanu moving on to Atlanta.

Lafell’s best season came in 2014 with the Patriots, he caught 74 passes for 953 yards, seven touchdowns, and only one fumble lost. He was a third round draft pick in 2010 by the Carolina panthers and has only missed nine games over his six seasons.

The Bengals aren’t desperate but are smart to consider at least a veteran presence at wide receiver with the thought of bringing in another young player through the draft. Brandon LaFell is not a number one or number two receiver at this point, but could definitely find his place in stripes as a number three.

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