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Lloyd’s receptions went for 108 yards, and he still hasn’t taken one into the end zone this season. But he and Brady looked to be on the same page all night, save for maybe one deep pass that Lloyd hesitated on while running his route. His longest pass play went for 22 yards, and six of his nine catches came in the second half.
Before the game, Lloyd was working with a strength coach on the field, testing a thigh injury the team had listed on the practice reports. He left the game briefly in the fourth quarter, limping on his left leg, but returned for the team’s final drive.
Julian Edelman also had a big night, albeit abbreviated. Edelman, who started in place of Wes Welker in the home-opening loss to Arizona, didn’t get the start against the Ravens, but did have eight passes thrown his way, and caught half of them for 28 yards. Included in that was a 7-yard touchdown reception with 2 seconds left in the first half, his first of the season.
Edelman didn’t appear to injure himself on the scoring play, but was seen getting worked on by the training staff at the start of the third quarter. The team announced that Edelman had suffered a hand injury, and that his return was questionable. He didn’t play in the second half.
A vote for Welker
The topic du jour from last week didn’t escape Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, who said on a radio appearance before the game that he hopes Welker finishes his career with the team. Welker had eight receptions for 142 yards vs. the Ravens, his 24th 100-yard receiving game with the Patriots.
“I know there’s been a lot of chatter about Wes this week, and Wes is an important part of the team, and Wes is somebody that we tried this offseason to sign long term, and we just weren’t able to get there,” Kraft said on 98.5-FM. “That’s not a function of either side doing something wrong. I think it’s just a matter of, when you sit down at a negotiating table and two sides have a perception about what’s right, and you get close, and you just can’t get all the way there. That’s what the situation was with Wes.
“I’m hopeful that Wes will finish his career a New England Patriot.”
Kraft went on to point that Welker’s snap percentage when the Patriots had a true outside threat (he mentioned Randy Moss then, and Lloyd now) is almost identical.
“I think a lot of it has to do with the personnel that are available,” Kraft said. “And I think anybody that assumes Wes Welker isn’t an integral part of this team and isn’t somebody that – we love having him a part of it. I think they’re making a bad assumption.”
Smith’s brother dies
The Ravens were jolted early Sunday morning with the news that Tevin Smith, the 19-year-old younger brother of receiver Torrey Smith, had died in a motorcycle accident. Tevin Smith struck a utility pole in Virginia; Torrey Smith left the team’s hotel at 2 a.m. to be with his family, with the decision to play in Sunday’s game left up to him.
Smith was one of the first Ravens on the field for pregame warmups. Earlier in the day, he posted two messages on his Twitter account, and two pictures of his brother.
“I can’t believe my little brother is gone . . . be thankful for your loved ones and tell them you love them . . . this is the hardest thing ever,” Smith wrote.
Later: “I can’t say a bad thing about him . . . proud to have him as a brother . . . RIP Tevin.”
Smith is a second-year pro who played at Maryland. He caught seven touchdown passes as a rookie, and had four receptions for 108 yards over the Ravens’ first two games.
Smith hauled in a team-high six catches for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday night.
“This is devastatingly sad, sad news,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “Torrey and his family are a close, special family, and our hearts and thoughts reach out to all of them. Our hearts ache today. We pray for Tevin, his mother, Torrey, and the rest of the family. God bless Tevin.’’ Continued...