McDaniels: Several reasons for Lloyd's lack of production


McDaniels: Several reasons for Lloyd's lack of production

Brandon Lloyd was targeted once on Sunday in Miami. He made a 10-yard catch along the left sideline, diving out of bounds and keeping his lower body in bounds to make sure it was a completion.

It moved the Patriots down to Miami's 18-yard line in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, and gave them a first down on a drive that ended up being the difference-maker in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

So, while it was only one catch, it was a big one.

Still, only one target -- and that target not coming until late in the fourth -- will raise eyebrows. But Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels tried to explain the situation in a conference call on Monday, defending Lloyd and calling his production against Miami a function of what the defense was giving them.

"I think that's really a function of a lot of things," said McDaniels, when asked about Lloyd. "Brandon certainly played hard and has played hard all year. There's been games where we've targeted him a lot. And then there's been other games where, based on the way somebody may play us, we target him less, and the ball goes somewhere else.

"So I think Brandon should just keep doing his job, and trying to execute his assignments well. We've never been a team that likes to force the ball to one person or another, although it may seem like that at times, because certain players get targeted more in certain games, but really, the biggest emphasis point we try to make to our group, is to try to find the guy who's open, or who the defense doesn't take away and give them the football. And Tom usually does a good job of that. Yesterday, Lloyd certainly didn't have a lot of action in the passing game, but hopefully that will change, or could change based on the way we get defended.

"He's done a good job of running good routes and getting open, and being available when his opportunities present themselves," added McDaniels. "And he'll continue to do that that, I know him. And hopefully we call things that give him an opportunity to get the ball. When that's really when we should go with it, hopefully Tom finds him, and we connect."

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak


Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches. 

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season


Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:


"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.



* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.



1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.