New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd 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 and Julian Edelman . Welker played 57 snaps and Edelman played 52 snaps, respectively. This may be a non-factor since tight end Rob Gronkowski recently underwent surgery to repair a broken arm. Lloyd's demotion should decrease everything from snaps to receptions.
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 really flings open the door for Edelman to possibly be the third-biggest offensive playmaker on this team behind Welker and Stevan Ridley . 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.