When free agency begins March 13, the smart money is on the Patriots making a play for Brandon Lloyd. And it would be money smartly spent. The veteran wideout has flourished under Josh McDaniels. The former Broncos head coach and the offensive coordinator in St. Louis last season got Lloyd's talent and production to mesh. He's caught 128 balls in the last 27 gamesin a McDaniels offense. Now that McDaniels is the Patriots offensive coordinator, Lloyd is a natural fit.I spoke at length with Lloyd this week about free agency and the Patriots. You can see the interview by clicking on the video...
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Here are some key quotes from Brandon from the interview...On relationship with McDaniels:"It comes down to trust. He trusts me and I trust him. He knows that I'm gonna go out there and make plays for whoever the quarterback is and I know he's gonna put me in good situations where I can go out there and be successful."He gives me a bunch of routes to run and he treats me like a true No. 1 receiver in the sense thatI get to do all the things that make a team have to prepare for me and maybe not be able to prepare for other facets of our offense. It helps everybody be successful. A lot of receivers in Denver had over 45, 50 catches. It's just the creativity and how he's able to get everybody involved in the game and incorporate explosive plays in there as well."Onhis level of interest in joining the Patriots:"Very interested. And like I said earlier, I admire Coach Bill (Belichick), I admire Tom Brady, I admire how they run things over there. 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"On what will be the determining factor in his choosing a new team?"Winning is definitely the highest priority. I've been in the league for 10 years now and I don't look at theNFL 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)."
Ben Simmons has reportedly fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
A timetable has not been established for when the first overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft should return.
The Celtics may have dodged a major bullet in not trading up to pick Simmons — at least in the short term.
More details to come . . .
BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brandon Carlo enjoyed about as good a game as one could possibly hope for in his preseason debut earlier this week.
The 19-year-old was smooth and poised with the puck on his stick, and picked up an assist when Danton Heinen redirected his point blast to the back of the net. He was also a little dirty, mean and nasty in his own end throwing bodies around in front of the net, and at one point taking a penalty call when he was a little overzealous throwing an opponent down in the crease.
So the 6-foot-5 prospect gave a pretty good glimpse into what he can offer at his best, but the youngster also knows it will keep getting more and more difficult as the games get closer to the end of the preseason.
“In that first game I felt like I was doing a lot of really good things. I was moving the puck well, playing well and doing all of the things that I wanted to do. So I’m really excited to build on that opportunity. I feel like I started myself off well, but it’s about building throughout the camp to reach your main goal at the end,” said Carlo, who may be in line for top pair duties again on Friday night after skating in that role in his first game. “Throughout camp I got three games last year, and I noticed that with each game the action got harder and faster. So I’m ready for that. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun out there. I’m ready for the speed, and I’m ready for the physicality. I’m ready for everything.”
Carlo will again team with veteran puck-mover John-Michael Liles on Friday night in a road exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both he and the Bruins will be looking for him to build on that first outing’s promise. If the youngster can keep it up then the Bruins will have a really difficult choice on their hands with seven D-men already signed to NHL contracts ahead of the young prospect types, so Carlo would have to displace somebody.
But that’s another problem for another day, and will require young Carlo to keep impressing on people , and being extremely hard to play against, when the Bruins take the ice against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.