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Brandon Lloyd was leaps and bounds ahead of any big-play receiver the Pats had last season.
Brady faked one handoff to Ridley, then another to WR Wes Welker on an end-around before dropping back, eyes fixed in the middle of the field.
Titans safety Michael Griffin, playing over the top in a Cover-2 zone, bit on the double play-action, leaving WR Brandon Lloyd wide open just short of the end zone. Brady, seizing the opportunity, threw a bullet, leading Lloyd perfectly.
Lloyd, unfortunately, had slowed up just a little on his route, and had to turn around awkwardly in order to make a play on the ball. The ball flew just out of his reach, grazing his outstretched palms on the way to the turf.
It was a missed opportunity, and one that Lloyd clearly regretted.
He atoned with five catches for 69 yards, none better than a second-quarter shoestring sideline grab that went for 27 yards.
But that missed hookup in the first quarter was both a colossal tease of Brandon Lloyd's talent, and a sign of the sky-high potential of the Brady-to-Lloyd connection.
Next week, we'll see the full power of that pairing unleashed.
It's true, Lloyd is at best the third option on an offense that features two of the top-five TEs in football in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
It's also true his Week 2 matchup with Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson pits him against one of the best defensive backs in the league.
Still, Lloyd had success against Peterson last season as a member of the St. Louis Rams. Lloyd racked up 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Pro-Bowler.
Lloyd will get his opportunities next game, as Arizona's front-seven will look to pressure Brady and clog the middle of the field against the Pats TEs.
And this time, when the big play is there to be made, expect Lloyd to make the most of his opportunity.
Prediction: Lloyd totals six catches for 106 yards