WR Brandon Lloyd
The New England Patriots finally found a way to get the deal done. After what seemed like weeks of campaigning, free agent wideout Brandon Lloyd has a agreed to a new deal with the Patriots. Lloyd will rejoin Josh McDaniels, his coach in Denver and St. Louis, only with Tom Brady to throw him the ball now.
The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free agent wide
receiver Brandon Lloyd Scout.com’s
Aaron Wilson reports. Terms of the deal were not
The news that Lloyd has agreed to an offer from New England ends days
of speculation over his courtship from the San Francisco 49ers. According to some reports, the sides have been close
for more than a day, though a conflicting report indicated otherwise.
In agreeing to terms with the Patriots, Lloyd hopes to build upon his
relationship with Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels who
was head coach with the Denver Broncos when Lloyd last made the Pro
Bowl. The move to join New England should allow the
“divisive” wideout to rehabilitate his image as a malcontent (via Boston
In 2010 under McDaniels direction for the Broncos, Lloyd recorded 77
receptions for 1,448 yards (18.8 avg.) with 11 touchdowns. In
2011, under Broncos coach John Fox, Lloyd appeared in just 4 games,
before being traded to the St. Louis Rams where he was reunited with
McDaniels again. He still managed to catch 51 passes for 683 yards and
five touchdowns in just 11 games for St. Louis.
As noted by the anonymous Broncos source in the Globe’s recent article, Lloyd
has an amazing ability to make catches.
“… He has the best body control
and hands of any receiver I’ve ever seen from the standpoint of just
making the craziest catch. He does it so much that he makes those crazy
catches look normal for him.
“He’s either going to come down with it, or knock it away
from the [defensive back]. He makes contested catches over people
because he can elevate and make catches in the crowd, make catches when
the [defensive backs] are right there, make one-handed catches on balls
that are thrown behind him. His body control is just ridiculous.’’
Ridiculous body control was one of the attributes former Patriots
wideout Randy Moss possessed while in New England.
Coincidently, Moss returned to football after a year off, joining the
only other team that was seriously pursuing Lloyd – the 49ers.
With Anthony Gonzalez already in the fold ( Link ), the Patriots now
have a pair of experienced veteran wideouts looking to rehab their
images. Both reportedly agreed to lower deals to join the
Patriots, for the opportunity the club offers players to make it to the
It is unclear what role Chad Ochocinco will play with Lloyd and Gonzalez on the roster. Whatever role it is, Ocho will have to step up his game now, or risk falling even further down the depth chart or off it altogether.
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