Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (85) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) in the first quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Not Expected to Reach Out to Brandon Lloyd

When the New England Patriots cut loose wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, things were dramatically different from where they are now. On top of the Aaron Hernandez murder case which led the Patriots to releasing, Rob Gronkowski seems to have a never ending string of injuries from his wrist to now his back and Danny Amendola isn’t really coming around the way the team would like. But while things have changed in New England, the team is not expected to bring back Lloyd.

Per a report from ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots are looking to keep their locker room from unraveling and bringing back Lloyd wouldn’t jive with the atmosphere they’re trying to set in wake of the Hernandez incident.

The Patriots, and any NFL team, always want a harmonious locker room, but now would seem to be a time when the Patriots are particularly interested in finding players who fit among the rest of the team. By that token, if Lloyd’s behavior did in fact play a part in the team’s decision to release him previously, we wouldn’t expect a reunion.

Yates did mention too that the Patriots cutting Lloyd was much about finance as well since New England was looking for some extra cash to toss around in free agency. They did that with Danny Amendola and despite that they are still in need of receiving targets, but Brandon Lloyd won’t be returning as one of them.

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    “Danny Amendola isn’t really coming around the way the team would like.”

    What? Danny was the only one who made a positive connection with Brady during OTAs and Mini-camp. The Brady – Amendola connection may be one for the books this season. Welker was a nice go to receiver for short first down yardage and Brady always looked for him. Amendola can do things on offense that Welker could not do and Brady will develop a special connect with him. This evolving offense will feature more big plays for larger gains without security blanket Welker. The whole field will be Brady’s playground. Brady will target Amendola more than 120 times for larger big plays. With the talent Amendola has, I do not expect to see Brady throwing him many 4 yard passes. I cannot wait to see what Danny brings to the offense.

    • Willy W

      I believe you are correct. I too see Danny A ( if he can stay healthy) as not only a short threat but a long one as well. Also, I believe the Pats will be changing their offense as a whole. What I mean by that is I see them using their receiving game for longer plays & counting on their running game to get all the shorter yards. The only short “Screen” passes I see happening may be to Jones or Vereen, with the occasional dump to Danny A as well but other then that I see them stretching the field more now then ever. Dobson, Boyce,Danny & even Vereen are all deep threats.

  • Willy W

    This article was 1. too short, 2. not as informative as it could have been & 3. Innaccurate. Gronk’s injury is his Forearm, not his wrist. As for Lloyd, yes it was partly about $ but BB publicly came out & disparaged the player. Basically called him lazy & kind of a kook. The other problem was they expected Lloyd to be something he just isnt, that’s a long/deep threat. Llloyd has never been that & never will be, not sure what the Pats thought they were getting with him but…