Lloyd still adjusting to New England's style

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Lloyd still adjusting to New England's style

FOXBORO -- Just days away from the Patriots' first preseason game, Brandon Lloyd has been involved in enough workouts with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to know what's expected.

But they're not quite where they want to be just yet.

"It's still a work in progress," said Lloyd on Monday, when asked about working with Brady and the Patriots' offense so far. "I think it's everything. From the landmarks to depth, and obviously, the stuff that you do on the fly. So, everything is still working."

Entering his first season with New England, Lloyd has never participated in a practice with another team visiting. He'll do that for the first time this week, as the New Orleans Saints come to town before Thursday night's preseason game.

But that isn't the only change in training camp he's seen thus far.

Workouts for the Patriots are faster than any other training camp he's attended, and this is the sixth NFL organization he's been in.

"The tempo is fine," said Lloyd. "It obviously has changed my practice habits, because it is a lot faster. So, conditioning is of importance, when you get into the offense here.

"I think it's good to go against another team, guys who aren't familiar with your patterns, alignments, and releases," Lloyd added. "So, the competition, obviously is the fun part of practicing. But, to go against another team definitely revs it up a little bit."

While Lloyd calls his fit into the Patriots' offense a "work in progress," director of player personnel Nick Caserio believes Lloyd's been just fine.

"Since Brandon's been here, day one, he's done a great job," said Caserio on Monday. "And any new player, whether it's a veteran or a rookie, they're all starting essentially from the same point. It's a new system, to a degree, even if you've played in this offense.

"He's come in, he's worked hard, he's done the things that we've asked him to do. And it takes time. That's why you go out there."

Brady on the effectiveness of Belichick's approach: 'You're brainwashed'

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Brady on the effectiveness of Belichick's approach: 'You're brainwashed'

During his weekly interview with WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, Tom Brady highlighted the thought process that has helped make the Patriots such a successful team under Bill Belichick, and in the process of complimenting his boss, Brady also may have taken a little inadvertent shot at the Steelers. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin noted immediately after the Divisional Round that the Patriots had an advantage in preparing for the AFC title game because they had more time to rest.

"I would say in general on our team we have a sign on our wall that says, ‘Doing the right thing for the team when it might not be the right thing for you.’ That’s just putting everything aside," Brady said. "Ignoring the noise, the positive things people may be saying about you, or the negative things people may say about you. Just believing in yourself and not making excuses.

"There’s always an excuse you can build into why you lose a game. 'We’re only playing on six days rest, we have this person hurt, or we didn’t get that call.' There are a million of them, and they’re all built in and you can pick them all off before the game. I think our coach does a great job of never buying into the B.S. He never makes it about one player. He never makes it about one play. He never makes it about one call, or one situation. It’s all about all of us collectively trying to do the best thing we can for the team to try and help us win. He never lets his foot off the gas pedal so when it comes to our team, you’re brainwashed. That’s just the way it goes."

The numbers support Belichick's approach: He'll be coaching in a 10th Super Bowl, and seven of those have come as the head coach of the Patriots. Both are NFL records.

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