New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels gave star receiver Brandon Lloyd a vote of confidence after a poor game in which he was shutdown by New York Jets corner Antonio Cromartie and managed to come away with three drops. Granted, a couple of those drops came on plays that were extremely close to being play-of-the-week circus catches.
McDaniels said to CSNNE, “A couple of those catches would have been great catches and the funny thing is that we always anticipate that he is gonna do it because he has so many times previously. I think he will going forward. I think it was a matter of one of those days where we were close on some of those deep throws, there were some missed opportunities there and I’m sure Brandon would like to make some of those plays.”
I agree with what he is saying here, because there were quite a few plays in which Lloyd was so close to making the play and the drops just don’t do him justice. It was a disappointing game for him and you’d like to see him have a much greater impact than six yards on eight targets, but Lloyd has done an excellent job this year commanding the attention of the opposing defense’s top player in coverage. However, I do worry that athletic, finesse corners will make it difficult for the veteran wideout to get separation and can shut him down easier than we hope.
It’s too early to get worked up into things with regards to Lloyd, because plenty of receivers have and will get shut down by Cromartie.
By the way, I love how specific McDaniels got in his explanation.
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