Today's session included quite a bit of red-zone passing, and that's where 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver Brandon LaFell caught our eye with one of the nicer plays of the day in a half-line drill (2 WRs vs. 3 DBs all aligned to the left side) with the ball spotted at the 7-yard line. One purpose of the drill is to test communication between the three defensive backs when receivers motion before the snap, and also to make it harder for receivers to get open with the numbers (2 on 3) stacked against them. LaFell ran a flag route to the back left-hand corner of the end zone, and quarterback Tom Brady threw a perfect high-arcing pass for the score. Why did the play stand out? Because at 6-foot-2, LaFell's size makes him a possible red-zone threat compared to most other receivers on the roster and I'm not sure that's a play that Julian Edelman (5-10, 200) and Danny Amendola (5-11, 195) -- both of whom are effective in other ways -- would make. "If you're a big receiver, you have to become even bigger in the red zone," LaFell said after practice. "Hopefully I can do that here."
LaFell is competing with Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins for snaps playing outside.