Lloyd would like to entertain joining Patriots

Lloyd would like to entertain joining Patriots
February 20, 2012, 6:15 pm
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If Brandon Lloyd was trying to play coy, acting as though he's equally interested in all potential suitors in order to bump up his value as a free-agent-to-be, he didn't do a very good job.

Speaking with Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio on PFT Live Monday afternoon, Lloyd reaffirmed his position that he would like to be reunited with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

"Yes I find that very interesting," Lloyd said. "I would like to entertain that and see where that goes. I've made no bones about that. I've been very successful in Josh McDaniels' offense. I really admire Tom Brady. I admire that organization and how they run things. I'd definitely be interested to hear how I'd fit into that equation."

McDaniels was the head coach in Denver in 2010 when Lloyd had his breakout season, racking up 77 catches for 1448 yards and 11 touchdowns. McDaniels coached Lloyd again last season in St. Louis as the Rams' offensive coordinator.

When Lloyd requested a trade last year after McDaniels was fired in Denver, St. Louis was his first choice of potential landing spots because that was where McDaniels had caught on.

"He gave me a really large route tree," Lloyd said when asked why McDaniels' system worked for him. "Just the way that the plays were designed were that I was put in position that I could just make catches. I wasn't expected to do anything that I wasn't good at. I think that's what he did for all the wide receivers . . . He puts guys in situations that we were confident and could perform at maximum levels.

"I wasn't expected to catch and then run 80 yards and score a touchdown . . . It's creative and it definitely puts me in a good situation where I can play confidently."

For as much as he loves playing for McDaniels, Lloyd said that the Rams "definitely" still have a chance to re-sign him; he said he made good personal and professional relationships in St. Louis.

But judging by his comments Monday, those relationships may pale in comparison to the one he shares with McDaniels.

The nine-year veteran had his two best seasons while playing under McDaniels and he credited McDaniels' system for resurrecting his career.

"It took time to get into the right offensive system," Lloyd said. "It was also a certain comfort level I had as a player, playing in that system. I felt like it was a perfect balance. (I had) a capable quarterback finally coming into my career, who could deliver the ball, had confidence in me, trust in me, and believed I was gonna make plays for him. (I had) a coordinator who believed in my talent."