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BOSTON (CBS) – Getting to know Brandon Lloyd, I found out some interesting things about the Patriots receiver.
If he wasn’t playing football, he would be smack dab in front of the camera. He loves television broadcasting, and those are his plans after football. After all, he majored in journalism at the University of Illinois.
And don’t automatically think he’ll he’ll end up as just another talking head on Sunday mornings, although he could easily do that. Lloyd wouldn’t mind hosting Entertainment Tonight if given the chance.
But for now, he’ll stick with catching the football, no matter what it means for his body. Lloyd is one of those unique receivers that sacrifices his body at any cost. We’ve already seen it several times this year; his touchdown catch against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 and a sprawling sideline attempt in Seattle are just a couple examples.
After all, Lloyd has just one thing in mind when the ball is thrown his way: moving the chains.
“When I was younger, a lot of the established receivers would rather not catch the ball if they weren’t in a position to catch and run. I would rather catch the ball at all costs,” Lloyd told me in our sit down for Patriots GameDay this Sunday. “I want to get the field advancement. That’s the only thing on my mind. I’m not trying to catch and run or do anything else, I just want to catch the ball no matter how I do it.”
Of course it helps when he has a guy like “Tom Terrific” firing the football his way. The two of them have a unique relationship that is still growing. In fact, Brady has no problem grabbing Lloyd at any time during the day to watch film together.
“He’ll pull me in randomly during the day to watch film, and make sure I’m seeing what he’s seeing,” said Lloyd. “There’s been a time before the game and he pulled me in there. ‘Let’s run this this way,’ and I said alright. That’s how we do it. That’s the kind of game I’ve always wanted to play, because it’s so much beyond backyard football. Everything we do is so purposeful; it may be last minute but it’s purposeful.”
After a two touchdown day in London, Lloyd is now gearing up for Buffalo following the Patriots bye.
- Steve Burton, seeeeeee ya later!
Tune in to Steve Burton’s 1-on-1 with Lloyd Sunday morning at 11:30am on WBZ-TV’s Patriots GameDay.