Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd mostly excluded from two-WR sets


Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd mostly excluded from two-WR sets

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd @mrblloyd played in only 34-of-61 offensive snaps Sunday. He did not play for the majority of two-WR set plays. Instead, those snaps went to WRs Wes Welker @WesWelker and Julian Edelman @Edelman11. Welker played 57 snaps and Edelman played 52 snaps, respectively. This may be a non-factor since tight end Rob Gronkowski @RobGronkowski recently underwent surgery to repair a broken arm. Lloyd's demotion should decrease everything from snaps to receptions.

Fantasy Analysis:

Lloyd hasn't necessarily had a bad season, but he failed to live up to expectations established over his last two breakout seasons. Edelman caught five passes for 58 yards and a score last week, also adding a 47 yard carry, 117 punt return yards, and a PR TD to his formidable stat line. Gronkowski's injury and a potential slow return by Aaron Hernandez @AaronHernandez really flings open the door for Edelman to possibly be the third-biggest offensive playmaker on this team behind Welker and Stevan Ridley @StevanRidley. As for Lloyd, he was really only a spot-starter as a flex in most leagues and this reduced role should push him onto the waiver wire sooner rather than later.

Boston Herald

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3 Comments | Add Yours

Demoted? Disappointment? For FUC&'S sake, Kyle Orton got him TD's every game in 2010! Stafford got him there, too. Year after year New England suckers some talented receiver to come in and play decoy for some white boys. Dwayne Bowe better be careful who he signs with if he gets out of KC.

Posted by:
aydx0001 11/20/12 09:42 PM

I meant Bradford in 2011, not stafford. Doh.

Posted by:
aydx0001 11/20/12 11:04 PM

I agreed man. Lloyd is a legit talent but Belichick plays games. Like in the beginning of the year they sat Welker to make a point about his contract negotiation. You won't get big $ if we sit you for a year so stfu and play or else..... oh wait, we are actually losing some games maybe you should be a starter.

Posted by:
cabrams76 11/21/12 09:33 AM

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