FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Lloyd didn’t have much to say about facing his former team, but he had plenty to say about a former teammate.
The Patriots receiver, who spent parts of three seasons in Denver, routinely went up against Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey in practice, and was quick to praise the Broncos star when he met the media before practice today at Gillette Stadium.
“Champ is very talented when it comes to his film study, how he plays out there,” Lloyd said. “I’m sure the coaching staff’s going to do a good job of mixing up the routes and the combinations we’re doing out there.”
Lloyd, who caught his first touchdown pass of the season in last Sunday’s 52-28 win at Buffalo, reflected on the daily practice battles he and Bailey would have, and said going up against such a strong defender before the game improved his play.
“They were good battles,” said Lloyd. “I learned a lot from him from a technique standpoint, catching, finishing the play, because Champ is one of the only cornerbacks I’ve gone against that the play is never over,
“You can even catch the ball, and if you’re not bringing it in and if you’re not protecting it, he’ll find a way to get it out.”
The Broncos are just one of six teams Lloyd has played for since his rookie season of 2003 — he led the league in receiving yards while with Denver in 2010 — but going up against them on Sunday doesn’t seem to have any added significance.
When asked if facing his old team was a big deal, Lloyd said, “No.”