Tom Brady has reportedly contacted Deion Branch, Brandon Lloyd

Patriots-Might-Bring-Back-Deion-BranchThe New England Patriots appear to be in desperate need of help at wide receiver. Their offense sputtered through close victories over the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in the first two weeks of the season, and rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson have appeared to have Crisco on their hands at all times. As a result, Tom Brady has reportedly taken it upon himself to seek help.

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver, Brady has contacted former Patriots receivers Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd to gauge their interest in rejoining the team. Branch reportedly said he is ready to come back whenever, while Lloyd seems to have placed football on the backburner as he focuses on starring in straight-to-DVD zombie movies with a Baldwin brother.

Of course, Brady is not responsible for making roster moves and signing free agents. He would need Bill Belichick to be on board with bringing back either of his old pals, but the rumors speak volumes about the current state of New England’s passing game. Branch hauled in only 16 catches in 10 games with the Patriots last season. Lloyd was more successful in his first stint with the team, catching 75 passes for 911 yards.

There’s a reason Branch is a free agent — no teams have called. Lloyd likely hasn’t gotten any offers that have blow him away, either. That just goes to show you that almost anything would be an upgrade for the Patriots at this point.

Brandon Lloyd starring in zombie movie with Daniel Baldwin

Brandon-Lloyd-After-EffectThe New England Patriots have a receiving corps has looked relatively incompetent through the first two weeks of the season. With Danny Amendola possibly out for several more weeks, they could certainly use a veteran like Brandon Lloyd who has experience in their offensive system. If Lloyd hadn’t turned his attention from football to acting, adding him might be a possibility.

Masshole Sports pointed out on Monday that Lloyd recently starred in a zombie movie called “After Effect” that will be released on Oct. 8. The film, which also features Daniel Baldwin, was so good it bypassed the movie theaters and is going straight to DVD. Just kidding, that’s not how it works.

Lloyd plays Sgt. Chuck Lloyd in the movie. He is the officer you see in front in the clip above. Here is the description of the future award-winning film from IMDB.com:

“When college students sign up for what seems a simple paid research study, they soon realize their lives are in danger. Unfortunately they’ve unknowingly volunteered their bodies as human collateral in an ongoing U.S. Military experiment.”

That has Brandon Lloyd written all over it. The 32-year-old has reportedly received interest from more than a handful of teams since being released by the Patriots over the offseason, but it appears he has moved on. Be sure to run out and purchase “After Effect” on Oct. 8 to find out if Lloyd is suited for cinema.

H/T MassLive.com

Patriots reportedly grew tired of Brandon Lloyd’s behavior, could cut him

Brandon-Lloyd-PatriotsWhen the New England Patriots brought back Josh McDaniels as their offensive coordinator last season, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that receiver Brandon Lloyd would not be far behind. Lloyd has had success in McDaniels’ offensive systems and seems to follow him wherever he goes, but the pair could finally split in 2013.

According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, it is unlikely that the Patriots will pick up Lloyd’s $3 million option to keep him with the team next season. While he was fairly productive with 74 catches, 911 yards and four touchdowns in 2012, there are apparently whispers that Lloyd’s lack of effort irritated the team.

A league and team source reportedly told Bedard that Lloyd’s “erratic behavior on the practice field and in the locker room” frustrated the Patriots’ coaching staff. It was obvious on several occasions that Lloyd and Tom Brady were not able to establish a great deal of chemistry, but this is the first we have heard of his behavior being an issue.

Many believe New England will sign Wes Welker to an extension now that the team has restructured Brady’s contract and gained salary cap flexibility. If Welker re-signs, that makes Lloyd more expendable. It also gives the Patriots some extra cash to explore options at receiver via free agency or trade. Adding a big-play receiver on the outside to join Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski could do wonders for New England’s already potent offense.

H/T Pro Football Talk
Photo credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Lloyd is impressed by Bill Belichick’s variety of cutoff outfits

Having played for one of the worst teams in the NFL last season, Brandon Lloyd is likely going to be impressed by a lot of things the defending AFC champion Patriots do. He gets to catch passes from Tom Brady and play alongside All-Stars like Wes Welker, who should help soften the defense for Lloyd to get down field. In addition, Lloyd gets to play under Bill Belichick and admire his (in)famous wardrobe.

When asked if there was anything that has surprised him thus far about Belichick during a recent interview with NFL.com, Lloyd immediately brought up the hoodies.

“He actually wears the cut-off sweatshirts all of the time,” Lloyd said. “That’s actually the way he does his clothes, so I was definitely impressed by that.”

The three Super Bowl rings are kind of intriguing, but it’s the clothing that really gives Belichick that element of mystique. When something big goes on in the Boston area, statues get the hoodie treatment. It didn’t take Lloyd long to appreciate that element of the Foxboro culture.

H/T Boston Herald
Photo credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Lloyd hints he could be interested in giving Patriots a discount

With this year’s wide receiver free agent class being absolutely stacked, the Patriots could already be the front-runner for one of the top options. Brandon Lloyd has played 10 NFL seasons, and one of them stands above all the others. As a member of the 2010 Broncos under Josh McDaniels, Lloyd caught 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns — all career highs. The Rams then traded for Lloyd with McDaniels as their offensive coordinator last season, and Lloyd has been open about his desire to follow his favorite coach wherever he goes. McDaniels is returning to New England as offensive coordinator next season, so it is no mystery that Lloyd would love to land in Foxboro.

“I admire Coach Bill (Belichick), I admire Tom Brady, I admire how they run things over there,” Lloyd told CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran. “For any receiver to be considered to come in and play on the New England Patriots is gonna be excited just because of the history of success.

“Winning is definitely the highest priority. I’ve been in the league for 10 years now and I don’t look at the NFL as a place where I can horde money and get as much as I can because it’s the end of the world (at the end of his career).”

Translation: the Patriots will get a discount if they’re interested. Lloyd also praised McDaniels during the interview, saying that the two trust one another and that Josh treats him “like a true No. 1 receiver.” It should also be noted that Lloyd is a respected player and has never been known to cause problems in the locker room, so he would seemingly fit the “Patriot Way.” If Tom Brady wants a new weapon on the outside next season, it sounds like the team can give him one at a team-friendly price.

Brandon Lloyd Question How Effective Tim Tebow Can be Over Long Term

Brandon Lloyd was a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Broncos last season. He put up most of his big stats with quarterback Kyle Orton throwing to him, but he also did well in the three games Tim Tebow started. Lloyd was traded to the Rams prior to the deadline, and he had six catches for 74 yards against the Cowboys Sunday. While being interviewed as a guest on ESPN 101’s The Fast Lane in St. Louis Wednesday, he was asked about Tim Tebow’s chances for success in the NFL. Lloyd didn’t give Tebow the most glowing review.

“I don’t know. I think only time will tell with that style of play,” Lloyd told the hosts. “I think it is effective last Sunday, but I just don’t know how effective that style can be over the course of long games and playing formidable opponents.”

Lloyd was asked about Tebow’s throwing mechanics — Tim has a long windup before throwing — and Lloyd indicated that the slow delivery is a problem.

“Timing is an issue. There’s just not that much separation that you get in the NFL,” Lloyd explained. “You get a yard on a guy, you’re wide open. You’re not that open for very long. Any delay in throwing the ball or not being in position to throw the ball when that separation happens, it just throws a monkey wrench in anything you’re trying to accomplish down the field.”

Lloyd played two training camps and three games with Tim Tebow, so his opinion is significant. What he’s saying doesn’t mean Tebow can’t become a successful quarterback, but like he said, only time well tell how he does. Of course, he’s not the first, and he won’t be the last person to question how successful Tim Tebow can be in the NFL.

Here’s audio of that portion of the interview:

via Sports Radio Interviews

Brandon Lloyd Feels for Kyle Orton, Says ‘The Tebow Thing’ Needs to be Sorted Out

The Denver Broncos drafted Tim Tebow with one thing in mind: he would be their quarterback of the future. You don’t draft a player in the first round to use him strictly in special situations.  Tebow is no different.  When the Broncos traded for Kyle Orton, they were looking for some stability at quarterback.  They seemed to have found it for a while, but now whether Orton will be traded has turned into one of the mysteries of the offseason.

Only six weeks away from the start of the regular season, Brandon Lloyd and other Broncos veterans have grown tired of the uncertainty.  Lloyd spoke with Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated on Monday and gave us a glimpse into the frustration Denver players are facing as a result of not knowing who their quarterback will be.

“It’s the Tebow Thing,” Lloyd said. “They’ll put Kyle on the trading block because they don’t want to deal with the Tebow Thing. But it’s not going to end until [Tebow] plays. The faster they get this Tebow Thing over with, one way or the other …

“I spent the entire offseason preparing myself for Tim being the quarterback, because the organization put Kyle on the trading block at the end of the year,” he continued. “I spent the offseason asking myself, ‘What pass plays are we going to be running? Are we going to be running sprint plays? Throwing from outside the pocket?’

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