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Brandon LaFell starts to shake off the rust

After dropping six passes in Week Seven, Brandon LaFell gave himself a failing grade. It was different on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. In his third game this season, LaFell led the Patriots with five catches for 102 receiving yards.

“I actually felt good today,” LaFell said. “My foot felt pretty good during warmups. It wasn’t giving me a lot of pain like it usually does. [Tom] Brady came and found me early and often and I got into a good little rhythm today. Just played well today.”
LaFell started the season on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason foot surgery. He didn’t appear in organized team activities, minicamp, training camp or any practices for the first six weeks of the season.
That showed against the New York Jets. LaFell caught two passes for 25 yards, but dropped six balls thrown his way. He was better last week, against Miami, catching four passes for 47 yards.
On Sunday, LaFell was Brady’s top target, highlighted by a 48-yard catch in the second quarter. LaFell said there was no way he was dropping that pass.
“Man, it felt like I was catching a punt,” LaFell said. “In those situations, it’s hard if you have to take your eye off the ball to see where the [defensive back] is at, but I was like, ‘Ball, ball.’ I was just talking to myself, ‘Ball, ball, ball.’ But it was just taking forever to come down.”
LaFell also caught a pair of 17-yard receptions in the fourth quarter to record his fifth career 100-yard receiving game, (his third with the Patriots). When asked if he could give himself a passing grade for the effort, the receiver said he’s still not satisfied.
“Yeah, you can,” LaFell said. “But a good day right here, it don’t mean nothing if next week I go out there and play bad. I have to start putting together good games back-to-back so I can help this offense win games.”



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