Dec 16, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (85) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver (29) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The San Francisco 49ers won 41-34. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh already impressed with Brandon Lloyd

Any time you can take a year off from work to star in a zombie film, you do it. That’s what Brandon Lloyd would say. Now that the film is a wrap, the NFL wide receiver is back on a roster in San Francisco with the 49ers team that originally drafted him. Based on early returns, it appears that Lloyd never missed a beat.

According to the Kansas City Star, Brandon Lloyd is back and apparently almost as better than ever as 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is impressed with what he’s seeing out of the veteran who walked away from football a few years ago but has picked the game right back up like an old habit.

“He’s got the ability to burst at the top of his routes,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Runs excellent routes. Acrobatic type of catches that he’s able to make. Really good hands. So far really good. No, it does not seem like a guy that’s had a layoff from football for a year.”

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Credit Lloyd for following his dream of running from a zombie in front of a camera. Doubly credit him for coming back and playing football like he never took a day off. The San Francisco 49ers have the potential to run away from this deal with a huge bargain. The team already sports Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson, and Anquan Boldin on its wide receiver depth chart. To add another highly rated veteran to the squad will only be a further boost if the team receives type of play of which we know Brandon Lloyd is capable.

Lloyd was drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL draft. His career year came in Denver when he tallied 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns with Kyle Orton at the helm. His most recent NFL season saw him tally 911 yards and 4 touchdowns in New England.

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