Age: 30 (11/4/1986)
Experience: Seven Seasons
2016 Season Statistics: 16 GP, 64 REC, 862 YDS, 6 TD, 42 FD
Brandon LaFell has inconsistent hands and a frustrating tendency to drop passes. That’s a harsh reality that any and every interested team would be forced to accept, no matter how intriguing a talent he remains.
The New York Giants need size in the receiving corps, however, and the 6’2″ LaFell could be the perfect low-cost addition to an already strong group.
LaFell increased his receptions count in every season between 2011 and 2014, but had an abysmal 2015 campaign. He bounced back strong in 2016, dropping just two passes and having what statistically translated to his second-best pro season to date.
LaFell’s numbers in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and first downs were all the second-best marks of his career.
LaFell’s ability to make plays in the red zone is valuable to any team, even with Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard on the roster. His size will hold opponents accountable, as will his ability to make plays on short to intermediate routes.
A proven and consistent threat to put six points on the board, the Giants could solidify their receiving corps by handing a short-term deal to LaFell in 2017.