The New England Patriots‘ passing attack was so bad in week two against the New York Jets that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly took the phone lines. That’s right, a report came out that stated that Brady texted free agent wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Deion Branch after the game against the Jets. Apparently Brady wanted to know what their availability was. If this is true, it’s disappointing that the veteran quarterback seemingly gave up on his young wide receivers for a shot at a couple of retread veterans.
Branch is definitely done. He is now 34 years old and is coming off a season where he caught just 16 passes for 145 yards. There is simply no explosiveness left in Branch’s legs. Besides, even if Branch would and could come back, he would have to do so as a slot receiver. A size of 5-foot-9, 195 pounds is simply not going to cut it on the outside. There are too many slot receivers on this team already, so Branch’s presence is not really needed.
Lloyd is an intriguing option, but the question of whether he wants to play or not looms large. The 32-year-old wide receiver was reportedly contacted by at least five different NFL general managers, and he rebuffed them all. Many people wondered why until they found out that he is going to star in a zombie movie called “After Effect.” If that’s what Lloyd’s been doing with his time, then it’s probably best that he not return to a football field this season.
Brady needs to realize that his progression with the young wide receivers on this team is going to take time, and texting his veteran buddies will only stunt the young receivers’ growth. That is not good for the long-term outlook of the team.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.