After a less than successful season for both players, the Patriots have decided to release wide receiver Brandon Lafell and tight end Scott Chandler. Lafell spent two seasons in New England, including the 2014 season where he helped the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory. Chandler spent just one season here after spending the previous years in Buffalo.
Lafell played just 11 games with the Patriots this season after starting the year on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Lafell aggravated an old foot injury during the playoff run the year before, which forced him to miss all of the preseason practices and games. After his best season of nearly 1,000 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2014, Lafell put up a meager 515 yards and 0 touchdowns during the 2015 season.
I don't believe there was one fan in New England that expected Scott Chandler to come out and be a superstar, especially playing in the shadow of Rob Gronkowski. From 2011-2014 Chandler averaged 528 yards while catching passes for Buffalo. Chandler only put up 259 yards while catching passes from Brady last season, however, the lack of yards wasn't the biggest problem with the tight end. There were countless throws that hit him square in the hands that would result in drops, and that's what most Patriots fans will remember.
Although the Patriots season was a success, with another AFC Championship appearance, these two players did little to help their cause. Chandler's release did not come as a surprise, but you could make the argument that Lafell deserved another chance. He had a very successful season in 2014, helping the Patriots win Super Bowl 49, and missed a ton of offseason time with injuries. Whether or not he could have improved on last season will remain a mystery to Patriots fans.
By Matt Watts