FOXBOROUGH — Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, a 10-year veteran who finished second on the team in both receptions (74) and receiving yards (911) in his first season in New England, didn’t need to do any calculating when asked how many times he had been in the playoffs.
“Zero,” was Lloyd’s quick reply.
Asked what he did during playoff time in previous seasons, Lloyd said, “I’d be out at the Sundance Film Festival … on my way to the Bahamas, all kinds of different stuff.”
How did it feel then to finally make it to the playoffs?
“It was part of the decision for me [to sign with the Patriots],” said Lloyd, who agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract last March. “Ever since I was a kid, the ultimate goal was to play in the Super Bowl. And the only way to get to the Super Bowl is to get to the playoffs. This is a step along the way to the ultimate goal — for all of us, for all the teams that get to the playoffs.
“This is still the beginning, but there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to get there.”
Asked about his comfort level with quarterback Tom Brady, Lloyd said it was “a work in progress.”
“It’s been different than in the past, just because of the organization,” Lloyd said of his process of preparation. “It’s been different than in the past because of Tom and his style of preparation. It’s been similar in that you still have to put the work in during the week and during all the camps. When you go into the game, that’s when you find out about one another.
“In playing with less-experienced quarterbacks, like in St. Louis and playing with [Kellen] Clemens … when he was thrown into the starting lineup, it was more of a situation where I was like, ‘Where do you want me to be?’ It was a situation where ‘I’m going to tell you where I’m going to be and I’m going to do my best to get there.’ And with Tom, we have a little bit of give and take.
“There are some plays I have that freedom and some plays where I can say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be here,’ and then he’ll work it out. Then there are other plays he’ll say, ‘You need to be here,’ and that’s the way the plays go.
“It’s similar and it’s different, but it’s been equally rewarding.”
How much has offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, for coached Lloyd in St. Louis, helped his working relationship with Brady?
“I think the bridge to Tom is Josh, because Josh gives me credibility,” Lloyd said. “Being the last three seasons with Josh, that’s what gave me the credibility to come here and to be accepted as a productive member of this team.”