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Panthers WR Brandon LaFell has been instrumental in Carolina's 2 victories this season

The Panthers are learning just how valuable wide receiver Brandon LaFell is to their offense — and not just when he's catching the football.In Carolina's two wins this season, the Panthers No. 2 receiver has seven catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns. In the Panthers' three losses LaFell has seven catches for 60 yards and no scores.It was his 79-yard receiving touchdown that helped propel Carolina to a 35-10 rout of the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.While the fourth-year receiver is on pace for career highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, it's his blocking ability that is beginning to turn heads in Carolina.Panthers coach Ron Rivera called LaFell the best blocking wide receiver on the team."He's become an integral part of our run game," Rivera said. "You watch some of the blocks he throws — his cracks on the safety, how he cuts a linebacker off — he just gets it. It's not just about running routes and catching passes. It is about being a blocker, too.""You don't have...

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