According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, the New England Patriots wide receivers are looking very impressive so far in camp. One guy that’s really stood out has been Brandon Lloyd, who was just signed as a free agent this offseason.
“Some might say there have been shades of 2007’s offensive fireworks on the practice fields,’ wrote Reiss. “That might be a stretch, but as much as Chad Ochocinco struggled with the offense last year, veteran Brandon Lloyd has been at the opposite end of the spectrum this year. He looks like he’s been playing with quarterback Tom Brady for a decade, the two hooking up on some long pass plays that have produced loud roars from the crowd. On Sunday, Brady found Lloyd deep over the middle for a 45-yard touchdown strike, with Gregory and McCourty the closest defensive backs in the area. Meanwhile, Wes Welker looks like the same old Wes Welker and Jabar Gaffney (one of Brady’s all-time favorites) has picked up where he left off in 2008. The receiver position looks stacked, with Deion Branch, Julian Edelman and Donte’ Stallworth all making plays on a regular basis.”
The Patriots lacked a true number one receiver last season, aside from Wes Welker who’s mainly effective with short underneath passes. Lloyd will give them the deep threat that they’ve been missing.