The timing of wide receiver Brandon Lloyd's arrival in New England couldn't have been better; the Patriots were in need of a veteran receiver who has some big-play ability and could pick up the offense in a hurry. As of yet, though, the timing between Lloyd and quarterback Tom Brady isn't great. At least, Lloyd doesn't think so.
"Not yet. It just takes time," Lloyd said. "We're continuing to talk and work together, and see what one another is expecting out of the route running, and eventually we'll just start clicking."
Lloyd added that it's "way too early" to see the potential for it to start to come together, and Brady added that the two "have extra work that we have to put in."
The two may still be gaining familiarity with each other, but their familiarity with the offense is a good place to start. The Patriots have struggled to find receivers that can pick up the offense quickly, and Lloyd has been highly productive for Josh McDaniels, who coached him with the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Rams before this year, for which the two have been reunited in New England.
Over the past two years, Lloyd has exceeded the production from his first seven years in the league.
"He knows what he's doing out there," Brady said on Brandon's background in the offense. "It's not like there's a lot of studying the playbook. He's been in the offense now for a bunch of years."
There's no doubt that Lloyd was a missing piece to this offense, but as we've learned with Chad Ochocinco, Joey Galloway and other veteran receivers, it's as easy for that missing piece to go M.I.A. even when that piece is in the mix.
To be honest, both are probably selling themselves a little short; the two have hooked up on several spectacular plays over the first few days of camp. On Saturday, they connected two deep throws near the sideline. On one of those throws, Lloyd climbed the ladder and made a difficult over-the-helmet catch over cornerback Sterling Moore.
Lloyd added about the chemistry, "Most of the time, that kind of stuff happens in the game and everybody's just on the same level. You can talk, you can discuss, and practice a lot of stuff, but you really figure things out in a game-time situation."
It's still early enough in camp that this shouldn't be a concern yet; the foundation is there for the chemistry to build.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained first-hand.
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