Brandon Lloyd, Patriots wide receiver
He’s not lighting the league on fire, but wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is working out a whole lot better for the Patriots than Chad Ochocinco did.
Lloyd signed a three-year deal with the Patriots in March for $12 million with incentives.
The athletic receiver had thrived under coach Josh McDaniels, now the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, in Denver and St. Louis, and was projected as another viable option at receiver for QB Tom Brady. But Lloyd saw his targets fall after the first game of the season and it was rumored that Brady had been losing confidence in Lloyd.
But Brady and Lloyd have been connecting more late in the season. After a strong showing against the Texans in Game 13, Lloyd had his best game as a Patriot against the 49ers in Game 14, catching 10 passes for 190 yards.
The 31-year-old Lloyd now has four touchdowns among his 67 catches—on 113 targets—and 840 yards on the season. He’s made the bulk of his catches outside the numbers on the field and has not had many memorable runs after the catch this season, averaging 2.7 yards-after-catch this season.