BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots’ quest to find a solution at the wide receiver spot looks like it may be extending for another year.
The Boston Globe’s Greg Bedard reported Tuesday that the “odds are against” the Patriots picking up Brandon Lloyd’s option for the 2013 season due to the receiver’s odd behavior, and CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran followed up on Wednesday with a rather damning report regarding Lloyd’s future with the Patriots.
Curran reported that, according to “league source,” the Patriots do not have Lloyd on their projected depth chart for the 2013 season.
Llloyd was expected to fill the Patriots’ void at the outside receiver spot, after Chad Ochocinco failed miserably in that role in 2011. Lloyd was productive, catching 74 passes (three shy of his career high) for 911 yards (his second-highest season total) and four touchdowns. Still, there was a lack of consistency with Lloyd, who caught three or fewer passes in seven games this season, and despite finishing the year with the 28th-most receiving yards in the league, he ranked 115th in yards after the catch.
And it appears as though his off-the-field demeanor may be just as large a factor in the Patriots being ready to move on. He’s played for six teams in his 10-year career, and his reputation as emotionally unbalanced came with him to New England. It appears as though it may follow him out.