The career of New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd has been up and down. On one hand he’s a guy with some of the best hands in NFL history and who has the second biggest receiving season in Denver Broncos history. On the other hand, he’s been just a guy for most of his career and was in the Redskins’ doghouse big time years ago.
The big 2010 season that he had with the Broncos was with Josh McDaniels, and the two were reunited this past season with the New England Patriots. So, one would think that he was primed for a big season. He caught 74 balls which is nice, but 911 yards isn’t incredible and four TD’s is just okay. If you want to argue that the offense flows through Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker, fine. But, I’ll counter with the fact that the Patriots are also dying for help on the outside. Last I heard, Randy Moss is gone and Chad Jackson never panned out.
But, his production doesn’t seem to be the real issue. According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, there were issues with his “erratic” behavior in the locker room and on the practice field this year:
Odds are against Brandon Lloyd’s $3 million option bonus being picked up. There is still a lot of internal debate about what to do considering the Patriots literally couldn’t line up tomorrow at receiver. Lloyd’s erratic behavior in the locker room and on the practice field proved tiresome, according to a league and team source.
Who knows with this guy? He is so talented, but remains an enigma in many other ways. But, he’s not in a position to be a diva…at all. It’s still a tough call as to whether or not the Patriots will pick up his option. On one hand, he’s been a pain in the ass. On the other, the Patriots aren’t in position to be choosers.