IMO he can be anywhere from a solid/good wr3 to a player just sitting on waivers...they did bring in Louis Murphy and gettis is returning from injury. It also depends on how well you think cam does throwing the rock this year
Pretty sure Murphy is nothing more than added depth for them for now, but I like his talent. Living in California, I unfortunately have suffered through quite a few Raiders games, and he's not bad at all. Think he was more a victim of a talented group of WRs (Denarius + Heyward-Bey are beasts, and Jacoby Ford is very underrated). Gettis is probably ahead of him on the depth chart for now, but I won't be surprised if Murphy ascends to #3 at least.
Didn't really like what I saw out of Lafell as a rookie, but last year he made some impressive improvements and also showcased some raw talent (the catches he made against GNB = worth looking up). Not to mention having Steve Smith drawing coverage, and an up-and-comer in Cam are probably enough on their own to warrant a flyer as a sleeper.
lafell is doing great this year and is doing everything well. he's been catching pretty much anything thrown at him and the team is expecting big things from him...but...then there's louis murphy.
i'm not sure if their trading for him on the same day that gettis gets put on the pup list was a coincidence, but the panthers seem determined to get cam a lot of good targets. right now they have 15 WRs on the roster. and then there's olson and barnidge....and tolbert (who they have been lining up as FB, RB, TE, and WR and who is in motion a lot).
point is, they are going to be spreading the ball around a lot. smitty will be the #1 target, of course but then greg olson is next on the pecking order. word out of camp is that he has been newton's 2nd favorite target. beyond that it had seemed like lafell was his 3rd favorite, until murphy showed up.
newton and murphy became good friends at florida and worked together a lot there. they have stayed good friends since then and it almost seemed that they got reconnected on the field immediately. the last couple days i've been hearing about cam throwing to him a lot and murphy making some spectacular catches, pretty much catching everything thrown at him as well. lafell seemed to have the WR2 spot well in hand, but now it seems that murphy is giving him a run for the money.
people may doubt, but from the way it sounds this connection between newton and murphy is real and not what people expected down here. they pretty much thought the same thing that people around here thought about him but that's not the case.
lafell is solid as can be, but his production most likely isn't going to be much just because of the competition for targets and the chemistry that newton has with smitty and murphy and olson also getting a ton of love. newotn and lafell have chemistry and their timing has been good, but i don't think it's enough to warrant him getting put on people's rosters. i'd save that spot for someone else (probably not on the panthers...gonna be too frustrating).
I had my suspicions based on Murph's talent alone, but this pretty much confirms it for me. Good info.