Today in Patriots History
Happy 38th birthday to Brandon Lloyd
Born July 5, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri
Patriot WR, 2012; uniform #85
Signed as an unrestricted veteran free agent on March 17, 2014
I have always felt that the 2011 New England Patriots vastly overachieved. While losing the Super Bowl was indeed a disappointment, it was amazing that the team advanced as far as they did. The Pats moved the ball well to their tight ends and slot receiver (Wes Welker), but opposing defenses did not fear a deep pass. For example, their number one outside wide receiver was 32-year old Deion Branch (51 receptions for 702 yards and 5 TD), who had clearly lost a step; 2012 would be his final year in the NFL. The number two non-slot wide receiver was 33-year old Chad Johnson, who had not only slowed down, but looked completely lost, having never grasped the Patriot offense. It is never good when your number two wideout plays a full season and compiles just 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown. At that point in time Julian Edelman was strictly a punt and kick returner, still making the transition from quarterback to receiver. Jules, Tiquan Underwood and Matt Slater combined for a grand total of eight receptions in 2011. The need for a deep threat on the outside was obvious.
The Pats signed Brandon Lloyd five days into free agency in 2012. In 2010 he had led the NFL with 1,448 yards receiving, while averaging 18.8 yards per catch. That was considered to be a big splash in free agency, though some wondered why Lloyd had played on so many teams (five) over nine seasons. Lloyd caught 74 passes for 911 yards, both numbers second on the team to only Wes Welker that season. However many fans felt Lloyd went down to the ground too quickly, without any contact after making a catch. The following off season Lloyd was released after the Pats signed free agent wide receivers Danny Amendola and Donald Jones, and the two sides were unable to reach an agreement to a contract restructure.
Brandon Lloyd was the exclamation point on the Pats' flurry of roster moves.
A look at how Lloyd's contract stacks up to the deals handed out to some other wide receivers this offseason.
Wide receiver impresses teammates with catches
Brandon Lloyd has done some good things for the New England Patriots, but don't expect him to get anywhere on his own
Lloyd isn't getting anywhere on his own.
How photographer Keith Nordstrom got lucky and captured Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd mid-smile.
The New England Patriots have entered into talks to try to restructure wide receiver Brandon Lloyd's contract, sources told ESPN.
Patriots did not want to pay his $3 million option bonus.
The Patriots’ search for an outside receiver continues.Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was released yesterday before the Patriots had to pay him a $3 million option bonus. The Pats wanted him to …
Lloyd may be different, but there's no need to call him weird.
Why haven't the Patriots re-signed Brandon Lloyd? Apparently, they've tried.
Brandon Lloyd appeared in 142 NFL games from 2003 to 2014, totaling 5,989 yards receiving and 36 touchdown receptions. He had a bit part (one line, one minute of screen time) in a 2013 zombie movie, and has been recording music since 2008. For the last decade Brandon Lloyd has been heavily involved in animated children's television, with over 100 credits to his name as a director, animator and storyboard supervisor.
Now that Brandon Lloyd appears uninterested in resuming his NFL career, he can devote more time to the arts. Specifically, acting.
Animated Film ‘Lamya’s Poem’, With ‘Aladdin’ Star Mena Massoud, Launches Sales With WestEnd & ICM – Cannes
WestEnd Films has boarded international sales on Lamya’s Poem, the animated feature whose voice cast includes Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Millie Davis (Wonder) and Faran Tahir (Iron Man). The film char…
More inspiring than Brandon’s football talent are his accomplishments away from the gridiron. Gifted with an engaging smile and an intriguing disposition, Brandon began his entertainment career at the University of Illinois choosing attend the U of I because of its prestigious journalism programming. He went on to host segments for FOX Sports Net Midwest and now can often be found gracing the sets of ESPN, NFL Network, and many others. He is known to attend high profile red carpet events such as the ESPY Awards, The Kentucky Derby, The Breeders Cup, Sundance Film Festival and the like.
Even more impressive are his philanthropic endeavors, which include Money X Live and Blessings in a Backpack. Money X Live is the premiere financial literacy program in the country that has support from national banks and top forty celebrities. In fact, Brandon hosted “Brandon Lloyd Financial Day” on November 28th, 2012 to teach children the importance of financial literacy. Blessings in a Backpack partners with America to ensure impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year. Brandon specifically provides backpacks to children in Blue Springs, Missouri.
From the football field to the studio, this media savvy leader has accomplished it all and the story is nowhere close to nearing the end. In fact, it is just beginning of a new chapter and a new outlook on what is important.
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