Brandon Lloyd: ‘We’ll see’ how comfortable new receiver is in Patriots offense
|09.05.12 at 5:01 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Admittedly, Brandon Lloyd didn’t get too many chances to show what impact he could have on Tom Brady and the Patriots offense in the preseason.
He played in just two games, collecting just one catch for 12 yards. Chad Ochocinco had more in his 2011 preseason with Brady. In fact, Ocho caught three catches in three preseason games, including an eight-yard TD grab at Tampa Bay, the site of Lloyd’s only catch this preseason. Lloyd caught a pass over the deep middle against the Saints on Aug. 9 but a Patriots penalty nullified it.
But in Lloyd’s defense, he was held out of two games it was fairly apparent the Patriots weren’t showing much of their offensive playbook in the two games he did play.
The big question: How comfortable will Lloyd and Brady feel once the bullets – and linebackers – start flying around for real starting Sunday in Tennessee?
“We’ll see,” Lloyd said. “We’ll get our first test against the Titans but for right now, it’s exciting having so many players on the team who can make plays and have had so much success in the NFL.”
As for his own expectations this season in New England.
“We’ll see. I don’t have any expectations or predictions,” he added. “We’re going to prepare and then go into the game and do our best to execute.”
“We just have to execute. That’s what it comes down to. The expectations we have on ourselves are way more important than any expectations from the outside. Managing that and going out and performing like we know we can is the most important part of that.”
“The practice film, being consistent and being good at the basics of the offense is what it comes down to. When we get out on Sundays and all the things we’ve put together, that’s what it comes down to. By me saying ‘We’ll see’ is a fair statement because we all haven’t been out getting live action together.”
Lloyd maintains this his working relationship with Brady is a work-in-progress.
“It’s building,” Lloyd said. “It’s one of those things where the relationship is going to see more maturity during the season and as the season goes on. That’s when the confidence really gets built. The practices have been [good] and we’ve been making progress. I didn’t have any expectations and so far it’s been a great learning experience. Sitting in the meetings, I continue to learn more about football, the Xs and Os and how the game is run situationally so it’s been a good experience.
“It’s a great opportunity to be around a successful coach and even successful players. Just taking it all in and learning what I can learn and being able to apply that and be productive.”
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