Curran: No need to worry about Lloyd

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Curran: No need to worry about Lloyd

As the Brandon Lloyd-to-the-Patriots drumbeats grow louder and louder -- and a deal could happen as early as today, with free agency beginning at 4 p.m. -- more and more people are wondering just what sort of citizen may be coming on board. Lloyd, after all, has played for six teams in nine years and had his share of problems in at least three or his stops (San Francisco, Washington and Chicago).
"Gives you pause," admits Tom E. Curran, CSNNE.com's Patriots Insider.
But Curran isn't worried that Lloyd will become Adalius Thomas or Albert Haynesworth redux.
"I think he's been a pretty good civilian and guy in the locker room in the last few years, "Curran said to Michael Felger on 'Sports Sunday' earlier this week. "And I think that the Patriots are not the same substitute-teacher mentality that you might have in a St. Louis or a Chicago or a Washington.
"It's different in Foxboro. We've seen it time and time again."
And Curran believes Lloyd and the Patriots are a good fit.
"Look at Lloyd's body control and ability to compete for the ball," said Curran. "That's what Tom Brady needs, a guy who goes up and competes for the ball."

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Alex Lewis (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.