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So, after Brandon Lloyd had a few touchdowns on Monday, many people remembered me ripping Brandon Lloyd to shreds with some advanced stats a few weeks ago. Needless to say, I got a few needles from people on twitter asking me if my opinion on Lloyd has changed.

And, to be honest with you, no, it hasn't.

My feeling is that he is still under performing and not a great WR. His chemistry with Brady still seems a bit off, he can't do ANYTHING after he catches the ball, and he overall hasn't had the type of season we were all expecting, and is especially useless in the Red Zone. Now, having said all that, the biggest change in Brandon Lloyd in the past few weeks has been the play-calling.

In the first half of the season, they were completely forcing the ball to him. They would just completely waste downs trying these stupid 15 yard out routes with less than a 50% success rate. It would completely kill drives, and there was no reason to do it. Now, they have started to use Lloyd for what he is, the 5th option on our offense. Gronk, Hernandez, Welker, and Ridley are all better options on offense. And honestly, Edelman was a better option before he was headed to IR.

So, when you start to look at it through the realm of a 5th option, 57 receptions 650 yards and 4 TDs isn't that bad. However, 97 targets is WAY too many for your 5th option. And THAT is where I start to get down on Lloyd.

Also, one last thing. Everyone being like "ohhhhhh how you like Lloyd now?" after that game last night, what the FUCK did he do so great? He was wide open on a busted coverage by the Texans defense, and then recovered a fumble in the end zone. I guess what I am saying is this, at this time, Brandon Lloyd is what he is: Our 5th option on offense with some skills on the outside, but no explosive ability, that forces the defense to at least be semi-honest about packing the inside of the field against Gronk/Aaron/Wes. And when you look at him in that light, it hasn't been the worst season ever. Definitely not the 1000 yard season a lot were expecting, but still much better than that shit performance Ochocinco put on last year.

As always, follow me @CultOfBelichick


CultOfBelichick 12/12/2012 11:28:00 AM Edit
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