Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell ascended as quickly as any player during the final two weeks of training camp, and the performance surely caught Bill Belichick's eye.
"He's finding different ways to contribute, whether it's blocking, receiving, special teams," Belichick said. "He's done whatever we've asked of him, and he's done it well. He's gotten better at it. I think he'll be able to carve out a role for himself here. Might be a big one. I don't know. We'll see."
LaFell was Tom Brady's second most productive receiver during the joint practices against the Eagles, though he remained behind Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Kenbrell Thompkins on the depth chart in the preseason game. They rotate their receivers enough to yield ample playing time for LaFell, and if he keeps up his recent play, the coaches won't have any problem finding additional reps for him in the games.
LaFell is part of a pretty crowded WR that should also include Aaron Dobson, assuming he makes it all the way back from his injury. Outside of Edelman, though, we're probably going to have to play a wait-and-see game with the Pats WRs in terms of fantasy production.