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Report: Patriots got tired of Brandon Lloyd’s behavior

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Brandon Lloyd may be one-and-done in New England, and if he does leave the Patriots after just one year, it will be as much a result of off-field issues as his on-field production.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots will probably not pick up Lloyd’s $3 million option bonus, and that the Patriots got tired of Lloyd’s behavior in the locker room and on the practice field last season.

Lloyd is a favorite of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and he had a solid season in 2012, with 74 catches for 911 yards and four touchdowns. But while Lloyd is always good for a few spectacular catches, for the most part he looked more like a replaceable cog in a great passing attack than a game changer.

And if you’re just a replaceable cog on the field while causing trouble off the field, your job is not safe.

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56 Responses to “Report: Patriots got tired of Brandon Lloyd’s behavior”
  1. tannethrill says: Feb 26, 2013 5:08 PM

    Surprising, he seemed to have a low key year for the most part with decent production.

  2. 3superman3 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:09 PM

    Couldve been so good with Brady. shame he sucked this yeat.

  3. peezwizz says: Feb 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    If he broke some tackles last year I might care. See ya.

  4. dennis2488 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    this release was going to happen anyway

  5. tlippert says: Feb 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    Did i miss something this year…What exactly did he do off the field??

  6. packerbackernj says: Feb 26, 2013 5:13 PM

    This guy has been a replaceable cog everywhere he went. He racked up great numbers in one season, thats it just 1 season. What is up with McDaniel’s man crushes on players? Ditch cutler for an attempt at cassel, bringing lloyd with him. Dare i mention …. I wont say his name but it kinda sounds like Tom treebow, the qb of that university of the peninsular state south of georgia. McDaniels loves his dudes. Maybe one day cassel, lloyd , and …..treebow will all unite under a mcdaniels led team and reign terror on the nfl.

  7. hutch119 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:14 PM

    The biggest problem with Lloyd was Brady has pretty much no downfield arm anymore. Heck even Timmy T could get the ball downfield to Lloyd better than Brady that great could. Not sure when he lost it but Brady has no deep ball.

    Good on Billy B for noticing early and surrounding him with countless underneath receivers.

  8. CKL says: Feb 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    Ugh as if I wasn’t already mad that Josh came back. He knew this dude and brought this into the Pats lockerroom? Sigh.

  9. vicnocal says: Feb 26, 2013 5:16 PM

    Da Bears.

  10. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:16 PM

    We laugh at you.

  11. chawk12thman says: Feb 26, 2013 5:17 PM

    Seahawks…..!

  12. rc33 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:25 PM

    He’s acrobatic but he leaves his feet way too much, often when unnecessary, IMO. His YAC suffered big time as a result.
    Look like the Pats may be looking for WR’s again this off season.

  13. grogansheroes says: Feb 26, 2013 5:26 PM

    Wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t fall down all the time!

  14. bullcharger says: Feb 26, 2013 5:26 PM

    Lloyd has good hands and great body control… that’s for sure. However, he wasn’t fast enough to truly get deep and he is too much of a weakling to run even 2 yards after the catch. He was getting rag dolled every time he caught it.

    It’s too bad he’s a goof, because he certainly caught a few nice balls on the outside and he may be useful next year. He was never what was advertised though.

  15. mrphelps01 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:28 PM

    I don’t know Lloyd’s deal, but this headline bothers me. It’s based on the word of a single reporter citing an anonymous source, yet it’s reported as fact.

  16. drulz29 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:32 PM

    Theres a reason he’s been on every team in the NFL…

  17. babybull12 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:33 PM

    Thanks for me memories lay down Lloyd. Now bring me some real speed for a deep threat

  18. truthfactory says: Feb 26, 2013 5:37 PM

    Brady throws 75% of his passes within 5 yds of the line of scrimmage hence Welker catching 120 balls a year. Only time he’s been good at throwin the deep ball was when he had a motivated Moss that can literally outrun and out jump everyone. Lloyd cant do either of thise so I guess that could make him expendable.

  19. jagsfan1 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:42 PM

    Pats are very “early Dan Snyder Redskins like” in their failed Free Agent approach.

    Sorry guys – you can’t buy your way out of your bad drafting no D having overrated hoodie bad game day managing predicament.

  20. truthfactory says: Feb 26, 2013 5:43 PM

    I do find it funny when previously successful deepthreats like OchoCinco and Lloyd are brought into NE there’s a bunch of hype how great Brady is going to be at the deep ball. And then when it doesn’t happen and the WR’s production drops, then its the WR’s fault.

    Maybe Brady just isnt as great at the long ball as everyone thinks he is, unless he’s got a freak of nature like Moss to throw to.

  21. patriots2120 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:51 PM

    With Brady restructuring and saving the team money, it’ll allow us to sign back Welker and Edelman, and maybe take a shot at a big FA WR!! I would love Bowe to go with the previous two and the TE’s.

    Or maybe they won’t pass on Greg Jennings again like they did in the draft years ago when they thought Chad Jackson was the better fit…

    Thoughts?

  22. jibzek says: Feb 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    Jagsfan comments on the Patriots demise.

    Really man? I’m trying to think of the last time the Jags even drafted or signed a good player. Now get ready for Tebow.

    The Patriots have been contending for the last 13 years since Brady and Belichick. That is with a bad defense, and myriad of receivers since their last Super Bowl win.

    Lloyd’s job was to stretch the defense to open up routes for Gronk, Hernandez, and Welker. He couldn’t get open and he had an average year. They can definitely get someone in to do that job without too much problem. They are more of a play action and running attack, which seemed to work out OK seeing they by far had the best offense in the NFL.

  23. lovefootball4life says: Feb 26, 2013 5:54 PM

    xxwhodatxx says:
    Feb 26, 2013 5:09 PM
    These types of articles are getting old. Why not just write one sentence without your opinion. There are no facts, no sources,no examples of bad behavior, just nothing but a statement and assumptions.

    ~~~~
    As it says the source is the Boston Globe which cites a “league and team source”. You should realize by now PFT is a blog that rarely has original material and mostly reports (and copies word for word) from other sources. Yet we’re all still here ….

  24. time2speakup says: Feb 26, 2013 5:55 PM

    We drafted T.O. Jr and put up with him for 3 years here in The Bay. The Redskins held on for two, the Bears just one, the Broncos for 2 and a pinch, and then shipped him off to the Rams. And that did not go to well either. You would think after his sixth team this youngster would have awakened. Guess not tho.

  25. patswillreign says: Feb 26, 2013 5:58 PM

    Good…now bring back Moss for one year

  26. starfan79 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:00 PM

    Geez I wonder what kind of year he would have had if the patriots didn’t play so many 2 tight end sets???? Or Brady throwing the ball to Gronk every play??? Idiots

  27. dhragonn says: Feb 26, 2013 6:07 PM

    Brady has no downfield arm anymore!?! The guy that said that is a clown

  28. tedmurph says: Feb 26, 2013 6:07 PM

    Don’t bother jibzek, jagsfan is just another blind hater that never brings any facts to the table. He’s about as knowledgable as his teams front office. The Pats two ‘big ticket ‘ free agent signings this year were Lloyd(2 mil this year) and Gregory(1.5 mil). The other 19-20 starters were drafted, undrafted free agents or guys off the scrap heap(Ninkovich). Kills guys like this that the Pats contend for the SB EVERY year with that dumb approach, their ‘system’ QB and one of the best rosters in the league.

  29. thegame2love says: Feb 26, 2013 6:07 PM

    You people sound surprised, Lloyd’s next team will be his 7th, some have ended worse than others but they normally end pretty quick.

  30. jpak12 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:14 PM

    According to the Globe article a teammate and Lloyd were having a conversation when mid sentence Lloyd said I don’t want to talk to you anymore then put his headphones on, and he was very eratic with his behaviour some days he’d be fun loving others no one could talk to him, don’t think this really effects the offseason plans though Pats need a WR to get downfield that’s not Lloyd

  31. theytukrjobs says: Feb 26, 2013 6:15 PM

    Kind of odd. Patriots letting go a guy who put up 1000 yards to save $3 mil. Lloyd seems like the type of vet they covet. He must be really annoying in the locker room.

    I’m guessing he doesn’t laugh Bill’s jokes or something.

  32. flash1283 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:15 PM

    hutch119 says:
    Feb 26, 2013 5:14 PM
    The biggest problem with Lloyd was Brady has pretty much no downfield arm anymore. Heck even Timmy T could get the ball downfield to Lloyd better than Brady that great could. Not sure when he lost it but Brady has no deep ball.

    Good on Billy B for noticing early and surrounding him with countless underneath receivers.


    The Texans would disagree with you


    truthfactory says:
    Feb 26, 2013 5:37 PM
    Brady throws 75% of his passes within 5 yds of the line of scrimmage hence Welker catching 120 balls a year. Only time he’s been good at throwin the deep ball was when he had a motivated Moss that can literally outrun and out jump everyone. Lloyd cant do either of thise so I guess that could make him expendable.

    So he’s the only QB to throw for over 5000 yards by throwing “75%” of is passes “5 yards” from the line of scrimmage?

    I bet your numbers are way off.

  33. football05 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:18 PM

    You same people will be calling for Brady to get out of town in two years. Punk fans…. I hate them

  34. EJ says: Feb 26, 2013 6:23 PM

    The Patriots will end up grabbing one of the talented Receivers out of the first round in this years draft. There are several #1 Wideouts for 2013 and most of them look to have very promising futures. Its a good year for Receivers and O-Line help. Nobody will even notice that Lloyd is gone, especially Brady.

  35. flash1283 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:32 PM

    football05 says:
    Feb 26, 2013 6:18 PM
    You same people will be calling for Brady to get out of town in two years. Punk fans…. I hate them

    Get over it, so tired of people like you trying to lump an entire region of fans based on the interaction you may have had with a handful on some blog.

  36. armorgan67 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:34 PM

    This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. As others have said his next team will be his 7th. If you are a good WR you shouldn’t be on that many teams. When he came here in DC the Redskins tore up his existing contract and gave him a new one and that was a mistake. His off the field issues just didn’t appear this past season, they have been there.

  37. ravenmuscle says: Feb 26, 2013 6:42 PM

    Face facts …Randy Moss is WASHED up and can barely run a 4.7 forty.

    His days of running a 4.3 forty are Looooong gone.

  38. ravenator says: Feb 26, 2013 6:52 PM

    Don’t you wish you drafted Torrey Smith. Cheers!

  39. stlsportsnews says: Feb 26, 2013 7:15 PM

    drulz29 says:
    Feb 26, 2013 5:32 PM

    Theres a reason he’s been on every team in the NFL…

    _________________________________

    Most receivers would be grateful to play for 5 or more teams; franchise receivers are rare. It’s better than being a draft bust, or burning all your bridges like TO.

  40. hockeyflow33 says: Feb 26, 2013 7:31 PM

    As someone who lives in Boston and reads both paper’s sports section, the two radio station websites and other Boston-centric sports sites, why have I never heard of a Brandon Lloyd issue before now?

  41. atwatercrushesokoye says: Feb 26, 2013 7:43 PM

    The only shock in this for me is that it took this long, I had predicted he’d be released by Christmas.

    From his time spent in Denver (aside from the one year he didn’t dress when he was actually quiet) he was just way too happy about putting up his numbers in games they were losing. They were getting crushed and he was busy doing his ridiculous “you can’t see me” hand motion after every single catch.

    As an outsider I would say the Pats don’t need a big name WR, they just need a guy fast enough to get deep quickly where they can hit him every now and then to keep the defense honest. The Pats offense is based on quick screens and 5 yard outs or slants to Welker and the mid range passes to Gronkowski and Hernandez, then you throw in the slower developing screens and check downs to the running backs. This isn’t a knock on the Patriots they do what they do well.

  42. riverhorsey says: Feb 26, 2013 7:53 PM

    Guys like Lloyd move around and never find a home because they never grow up.

    Teams use them for a “stop gap” and lose them ASAP.

  43. jibzek says: Feb 26, 2013 8:14 PM

    hockeyflow33 says: Feb 26, 2013 7:31 PM

    As someone who lives in Boston and reads both paper’s sports section, the two radio station websites and other Boston-centric sports sites, why have I never heard of a Brandon Lloyd issue before now?

    Hockeyflow – no media leaks mid season as to not cause any clubhouse issues. Now they can just can the guy and it doesn’t matter.

    The Patriots aren’t the Red Sox. Go read Shaugnessy or Borges if you want to read crap. Berdard is a pro.

  44. TheWizard says: Feb 26, 2013 8:28 PM

    The biggest problem with Lloyd was Brady has pretty much no downfield arm anymore.

    No, the problem with Lloyd was Brady throwing more deep balls to Edelman, Vereen, Stallworth, and Daniel Fells than Lloyd.

    When I saw that bomb go to Fells, I knew the Lloyd “deep threat” wasn’t working quite as planned.

  45. descendency says: Feb 26, 2013 9:04 PM

    Lloyd was a 0 YAC receiver. He fell down after everything he caught. I was always amazed when he didn’t (I watched every game, every play), but he also made some incredible catches. He always felt like he was about to break out and be a stud.

    I don’t really know much about Lloyd and given how much he is owed, I figured he would be back (they got a steal when he signed for what he did), but I guess he isn’t working out.

    I wish him luck with his next team.

  46. furtigan says: Feb 26, 2013 9:32 PM

    These types of articles are getting old. Why not just write one sentence without your opinion. There are no facts, no sources,no examples of bad behavior, just nothing but a statement and assumptions.
    ……
    Dude, if you want unbiased reporting of clear facts coming from named sources, you might want to think about looking somewhere besides a place that calls itself “The Rumor Mill.” Unnamed sources and unverified claims are the whole point.

    You might as well complain that the porno you’re watching has bad acting and a shoddy script.

  47. 16x8equal49ers says: Feb 26, 2013 9:36 PM

    “But while Lloyd is always good for a few spectacular catches, for the most part he looked more like a replaceable cog” That is what he has been his whole career. Why does he bounce from team to team? Duh!

  48. md228010 says: Feb 26, 2013 9:37 PM

    Lloyd to the Broncos…. Watch..

  49. promickey says: Feb 26, 2013 9:57 PM

    Could the Patriots be making room for Jennings or Wallace?

  50. rollerino1 says: Feb 26, 2013 10:28 PM

    There were “anon” reports from his teammates in Denver that they thought he was literally bipolar because his emotions/actions were so erratic. I wonder what is going to happen to this guy when his career I. Football is over.

  51. goldrush4949 says: Feb 26, 2013 10:30 PM

    Not surprised to read this. Lloyd had character issues going back to his days in San Francisco after being drafted there in 2003.

    I remember him getting into locker room scraps with team leaders like Bryant Young and Fred Beasley. He and Kevan Barlow were both jackasses.

  52. ijahru says: Feb 27, 2013 7:54 AM

    I got no problem seeing Lloyd go. He was not a difference maker this year. I want the Mighty Patriots to draft a WR over 6’2” who can play the outside receiver position. The Patriots offense is one of the best in the league and has been for years with a revolving cast of WRs. I would love to see them finally draft and develop a WR.

  53. iamapatsfan says: Feb 27, 2013 8:46 AM

    I understand why he might be cut. He was an a decent receiver for yards, though not for YAC and he did lie down alot. Also, if this locker room stuff turns out to be true, then obviously he’ll be gone.

    I’m a little dissapointed, though, he has insane body control. Almost every game he was making a sweet catch twisting his body in unnatural directions and flipping his hands out so fast that the ball just disappeared into his chest sometimes. Too bad he almost always fell down and laid there till the whistle after the catch.

    If he could have just worked a little harder at moving forward after the catch, as well as worked at getting downfield more, I think they would have kept him. He’s just not the fast-paced, downfield receiver we need to open up the middle for our star talent. Ridiculous hands, though.

  54. patssteelersorgiants says: Feb 27, 2013 7:51 PM

    As long as Brady has tight ends, you can pretty much “insert any name here” at WR.

  55. rushmatic says: Feb 28, 2013 7:07 PM

    jagsfan1 says:

    Pats are very “early Dan Snyder Redskins like” in their failed Free Agent approach.

    Sorry guys – you can’t buy your way out of your bad drafting no D having overrated hoodie bad game day managing predicament.

    __________________

    This is a hilarious post. Mostly because you’re a ***t-talking Jags fan. HAHA!

  56. misfits120 says: Mar 3, 2013 4:03 PM

    Jags? Rev. Tebow is coming. You just don’t know it.

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