Brandon Lloyd: Could He Be More Productive Than Randy Moss in New England?
A seven-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro selection, 2003 NFC Player of the Year, 2000 Pro Bowl MVP, 1998 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and the NFL record-holder for most touchdown receptions in a single season, Randy Moss is, without a doubt, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer.
While Brandon Lloyd's resume doesn't hold a candle next to Moss', is it really that crazy to think that Lloyd could be as productive as Moss was as a New England Patriot?
There are a few areas to consider.
Excluding the Matt Cassel-led 2008 season, Moss averaged 1,378.5 yards and 18 touchdowns per season, as well as averaging 15.2 YPC as a Patriot.
Lloyd, while playing in Denver and St. Louis under current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, has averaged 1,207 yards and eight touchdowns per season with a 16 YPC average.
While Moss is clearly the victor in terms of touchdown production, their yardage production is similar, with Lloyd even taking the slight edge in yards per catch.
As a former Denver Bronco and St. Louis Ram, Lloyd is used to being the best receiver on his team.
In New England, Lloyd will just be another guy. With Pro Bowlers Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski, and the up-and-coming Aaron Hernandez all warranting double coverage at times, Lloyd should benefit from seeing single coverage more often than not.
Moss rarely enjoyed this luxury as a Patriot.
Enough to Go 'Round
It's no secret; the Patriots love to throw the ball.
In 2011, Brady threw for a career-high 5,235 yards on, also a career-high, 611 attempts. In the record-setting offensive performance of the 2007 squad, Brady threw for 4,806 yards on 578 attempts.
The Patriots appear to be throwing the ball now more than ever. There will be plenty of passes to go around and Lloyd should see his fair share.
Lloyd (6'0'') is not as tall as Moss (6'4''), nor is he as fast. But if there is one thing Lloyd champions over Moss, it would be his versatility.
Unlike Moss, Lloyd is willing to play both inside and outside the numbers, and he excels at both. Moss, albeit one of the best deep threats of all time, was almost exclusively a deep, outside-the-numbers receiver.
Versatility is often valued higher than talent at Patriot Place and the coaching staff will undoubtedly leverage Lloyd's abilities, using him in every possible way offensively.
When all is said and done, Moss will be getting the call from Canton, and Lloyd, in all likelihood, will not. But given his current situation, Lloyd has the opportunity to match or even surpass Moss' production as a New England Patriot.
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