Brandon Lloyd: Trading for Broncos Receiver Could Turn NY Jets' Season Around

Ed OrzaCorrespondent IIOctober 14, 2011

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 20:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos lays out but is unable to haul in a pass during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Santonio Holmes and Brandon Lloyd

The Jets' beleaguered receiving corps would go from one of the league's worst to the one of its best with the addition of Lloyd.  

It's still relatively early, but I whiffed when I said before the season that Plaxico Burress and Santonio would be an elite tandem in the NFL

Brandon Lloyd may not be a rookie at age 30, but he is certainly closer to the prime of his career than Burress is.  Just last year, he had over 1,400 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.  

New York's offensive line is weaker than in years past.  It's true the Jets' identity must consist of a tough running game, with a "less is more" kind of a passing game to go along with their ruthless defense.  Though, that may not be possible for this season, especially with so few padded practices allowed.  

It is difficult to instill the mentality necessary for a power running game during the season.

The point is, the Jets may need to live and die by their passing game in 2011, and right now the pieces they have aren't getting the job done.  They need to get younger on offense in the future and get back to their ground and pound ways, but for now the Jets need to take to the air and open up the running game with their passing attack.

If general manager Mike Tannenbaum chooses to pull of a reasonable deal, Lloyd could prove to be invaluable and provide some stability to the position.  Santonio Holmes is the only receiver who is reliable, and even he's been performing below his lofty standards.  



There is the issue of Lloyd's recent complaints in Denver and their similarity to New York's own problems with Derrick Mason.  Lloyd may have been complaining about the number of balls that he was getting, but to a certain extent all great receivers should, just not in public.  It's also reasonable to infer that the bleak outlook of Denver's season and their turmoil at quarterback were also contributing factors.  

The Jets certainly have their issues, but they have a better shot at the playoffs than the Broncos do at this point.  If Lloyd puts his ego aside, he could be the type of player that turns a season around. 


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