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New England Patriots Will Be Just Fine Without Brandon Lloyd

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There were high expectations for Brandon Lloyd when the New England Patriots brought him on board for the 2012 season considering he would be reunited with Josh McDaniels–who played a big part in the wide receiver having the best season of his career as a member of the Denver Broncos in 2010. Unfortunately, Lloyd failed to live up to those expectations during the 2012 season after catching 74 passes for for 911 yards and four touchdowns.

Sure, these numbers may seem impressive for a wideout–but they should have been higher for a player like Lloyd playing alongside one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history in Tom Brady.

New England brought Lloyd on board with the intention of finally having another deep threat in the passing game for the first time since Randy Moss was around a few years ago and while he came up with a few big plays every once in a while–he didn’t display the type of production the Patriots were hoping for in 2012. In fact, there were only two games during the regular season in which Lloyd broke the 100-yard receiving mark–which was the last thing the Patriots could have expected from their wideout.

While the argument can be made that it may have been difficult for Lloyd to put up big numbers on a consistent basis with all of the talent in the passing game, it still doesn’t take away from the fact that Lloy’d 2012 season with the Patriots was nothing but a disappointment. Lloyd was certainly worth the risk last season, but the Patriots realize how beneficial it would be to save $4.9 million if they didn’t bring him back in 2013–so it should come as no surprise if the move does end up being made.

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