The New England Patriots made a splash in free agency by inking wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a three-year contract. And Lloyd’s addition to the offense only strengthens the Patriots already potent passing attack.
New England tried to make a similar splash last year when they brought in veteran receiver Chad Ochocinco. That particular move did not go as planned.
Ochocinco had just 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown in 2011. Fortunately for New England, Tom Brady connected with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez countless times throughout the season to give the Patriots one of the most feared offenses in the NFL.
The addition of Lloyd just adds another dimension what could be an unstoppable force in 2012. Lloyd split 2011 in Denver and St. Louis but still managed to finish with 70 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns.
Lloyd enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2010 in Denver with Josh McDaniels as the offensive coordinator. That year, Lloyd had 77 catches for 1448 yards and 11 touchdowns. Obviously, the Patriots are hoping to get the 2010 version of Lloyd as opposed to the 2011 version.
Wes Welker is clearly still the number one wide receiver and can be counted on to put up the same consistent numbers that he always produces.The Patriots also recently signed Anthony Gonzalez this offseason and will likely bring back Deion Branch. That means the Patriots will have some pretty decent options at wide receiver and that Ochocinco could be the odd man out.