Tag:Brandon Lloyd
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Report: Tim Tebow organizes workouts for WRs

Posted by Ryan Wilson

In the months leading up to the 2010 NFL Draft, there was speculation that Tim Tebow, college phenom, would be a flop in the pros, at least as a quarterback. There was talk that he'd be moved to tight end or H-back, or maybe even linebacker. The Broncos, then coached by Josh McDaniels (who also happened to be the Patriots' offensive coordinator during the record-breaking 2007 season), thought enough of Tebow to take him with the 25th overall pick.

Kyle Orton, who was coming off a 3,802-yard passing performance that included 21 TDs in '09, began 2010 as Denver's starter, but after suffering bruised ribs, Orton gave way to Tebow for the final three games of the year. The results: a loss to the Raiders, a win against the Texans and a season-ending loss to the Chargers.

Most of the time it wasn't pretty. Tebow ended the year completing half his throws for 654 yards, five TDs and three picks (and added another 227 yards on the ground), but putting up pretty stats isn't his calling card. It's his toughness, his tenacity and his ability to lead his teammates.

With McDaniels out, new coach John Fox named Kyle Orton the starter, with Tebow and Brady Quinn in the running. (At least that was the case earlier this month when Fox told season-ticket holders as much during a conference call. If the price is right, however, the situation could change.) That hasn't stopped Tebow from preparing like a starter, even with the uncertainty surrounding the 2011 season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Tebow organized his own team workouts in Jacksonville with Broncos wide receivers.

"Last week, Tebow flew Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Britt Davis to Jacksonville, put them up in a nearby hotel, and then led a week of workouts in his hometown, [a league] source said," according to Schefter.

"Each of the Broncos receivers had hoped to come, the source said, but Eric Decker had another commitment, and Demaryius Thomas (torn Achilles) and Eddie Royal (strained hamstring) were unable to practice at this time due to lingering injuries."

Schefter adds that the receivers who showed up in Jacksonville "considered it such a success that the group plans to reconvene in another week or so in Arizona for two weeks of intensive workouts."

No word on what, if anything, Orton has planned.

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Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Super Bowl Scene: Saturday (Playboy party recap)

Posted by Andy Benoit
Snoop Dogg (US Presswire)
DALLAS -- It feels like the last day of exams in college here at Super Bowl headquarters. Most people have their work done and are not around. The few who are here are working intently on final projects. Crews are taking down the stages and cleaning up all around Radio Row. Every hour or so a fire alarm goes off (presumably because equipment is being hauled out through backdoors). The athletes have been scarce, as well (it’s mid-afternoon and I’ve only seen Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner outside the Sheraton today).

There’s also a subtle aura of fatigue floating around. Virtually everyone in Dallas was at a Super Bowl party until the wee hours last night. There was the Commissioner’s party, the ESPN party, the Sports Illustrated party, the GQ party and the Playboy party, to name a few. Those of you who follow @CBSSportsNFL on Twitter or read Friday’s Super Bowl Scene late edition (which, by the way, has a picture of a perfect Troy Polamalu Jr. that’s worth checking out) knows that Sir Will Brinson and I attended the Playboy party.

How was it? In a word, agonizing. In another word, amazing. We began the night as part of the red carpet media, which meant our role was to stand around and wait to have quick, flimsy conversations with famous people before they walk in.  It’s something neither Will nor I had ever done. Fortunately, one of the four Playboy PR reps would come by and whisper the name of the celebrity if need be. (Or, they’d come by and have us whisper to them the name of the athlete who was coming by.)

There was A LOT of standing and waiting involved. This was especially brutal because the entrance was in an enclosed tent that contained just one heater. The temperature inside the tent was in the mid-40s. The festivities began at 9:00; the celebrities started trickling in at 10:15. At 10:30, sensing that it could be hours before the event gained significant action, Will and I decided that if no one showed up by 10:35, we’d bolt. At around 10:32, Darrelle Revis came in. Not long after him was Phillies slugger Ryan Howard.

Will and I decided again at 10:55 that if no celebrities showed up by 11, we’d once again bolt. At 10:58 or so, Jeremy Maclin (see video), Josh Freeman and Brandon Lloyd came through.

Eventually, we got picky and decided that if the next celebrity was not an A-lister, we’d depart. When Maria Menounos showed up, Will declared her A-list caliber on the basis that she tends to draw a lot of internet traffic. (Wonder why that is.) B. Sanders (US Presswire)

Even though much of the night involved standing in the freezing cold and waiting around, time actually flew by. It helped that Sports Illustrated media guru Richard Deitsch was with us. Discussing the sports media industry is something most in the sports media LOVE to do (Will and I especially).

As we neared midnight, Will and I gave in and just committed to waiting for Snoop Dogg’s arrival (the logic was, “hell, it’s already late anyway”). Many of the expected guests on Playboy’s list were no-shows (which was fine because plenty of big names who were not on the list showed up). By that point we had already encountered Landon Donovan, Craig Robinson (Daryl from The Office), Knowshon Moreno (Broncos), Flo Rida (rapper), Barry Sanders, the White House Crashers, Paul Scheer (TV Show The Leage), Vince Neil (Motley Crue…he was wasted out of his mind, by the way), Lawyer Milloy (Seahawks), Marcus Allen, Jared Fogle (Subway), Ryan Kwanten (actor), Phil Hellmuth (gambler), James Laurinaitis (Rams), Kyle Busch, Ryan Cabrera (rock star), Aubrey O’Day (singer/dancer/actress…i.e. hot girl), Hunter Parrish (actor), Dave Annable (Brothers and Sisters) and Sarah Ramos (actress). And maybe more.

Snoop was guaranteed to show because, as the headline entertainment, he was a big reason 2,500 people shelled out $1,000 to be there. (Plus, his dad, Papa Snoop had arrived earlier.)

Shockingly, Snoop Dogg is not the most punctual guy. He was expected at midnight. At 12:30 someone from his crew called to say that they were five minutes out. At 1:06, he arrived.

Will and I have seen and spoken with loads of celebrities this week. Either fortunately or unfortunately, you become somewhat immune to the excitement of it all. But admittedly, a conversation with Snoop was something we both craved and loved. After some photo ops he strolled over to us smelling exactly how you’d expect him to smell. We asked the standard red carpet questions (the simple, soft-hitting stuff is more appropriate and effective for events like these). The quality of Snoop’s answers was very solid – probably better than everyone save for Brandon Lloyd (by far the most engaging and entertaining star on the night), gambler Phil Hellmuth and maybe Lawyer Milloy.

From there we went into the party and watched Snoop tear down the house. The behavior of the patrons was what’d you’d expect at a Playboy gathering (we’ll leave it at that). Plenty of A-list sports media faces were there having a good time (again, we’ll leave it at that). And a handful of players –including Steelers left tackle Max Starks, who, remember, is on IR – were reveling in it all.

By the time it ended and we got back to the Media Center, it was 2:00 a.m. Poor Josh Katzowitz was sitting in the empty media workroom waiting for us. We had told him we’d be back no later than 9:30.

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Posted on: February 5, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Lloyd on Fox, McDaniels, Tebow and his late bloom

Posted by Will Brinson

We made our way to the Playboy Super Bowl party at the Bud Light Hotel last night, and we ran into a few celebrities.

Not gonna lie -- there were a lot of celebs at the Playboy party. But the best interview we pulled, in my humble opinion, was Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos.

Lloyd's obviously stoked about his current situation -- he went from being a receiver who'd never topped 750 yards in a single season (his high was 733 in 2005 with the Niners) to one of the most prolific wideouts in the NFL in 2010 as he piled up 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns for Denver.

We chatted with him about John Fox coming into Denver, Josh McDaniels leaving (and what he can do for St. Louis), Tim Tebow's leadership in the huddle and why he's succeeded so late in his career.

Posted on: December 29, 2010 8:16 pm
 

Brandon Lloyd's other comment

Posted by Andy Benoit

A polite “bleep you”B. Lloyd (US Presswire) to his former employers hasn’t been Brandon Lloyd’s only statement as of late. The Broncos wide receiver was recently asked on 104.3 The Fan in Denver whether he thought Josh McDaniels would still be around if he had played Tim Tebow when he was the head coach.

“I think so,” Lloyd said, according to SportsRadioInterviews.com. “That was the pick that everybody was betting the house on and if that would have materialized early in a productive offensive manner where we could throw, we could run, he could throw, he could run, and then maybe if we didn’t win but we were close in games and hovering around .500 or something, I think he still woulda been here.”

If we wanted to throw Lloyd under the bus, we could portray this article as the Pro Bowl receiver criticizing Kyle Orton. That’s the unspoken part of Lloyd’s pro-Tebow sentiments. But obviously Lloyd did not mean it that way – at least, we assume he didn’t.

Earlier in the interview, Lloyd mentioned that his working relationship with McDaniels goes all the way back to when he first entered the NFL. McDaniels has always been a fan and supporter of his.

It’s also worth noting that what Lloyd is saying is essentially incorrect. McDaniels’ hallmark as a coach was his complex offensive system. Tebow was nowhere near ready to run that system. He still isn’t ready, in fact. The Broncos have limited Tebow’s reads to simplistic play-action passes and mobility-based calls in his first two games. That’s the kind of sacrifice a team makes only when it knows that this season is a lost cause. The season never became a lost cause until McDaniels was dismissed.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 4:31 pm
 

Brandon Lloyd needn't expand his vocabulary

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s not often you hear a professional athlete drop the F bomb – not on the record, anyway – so Broncos beat writers must have been shocked at the answer they got when they asked Denver’s newly-elected Pro Bowl WR Brandon Lloyd if he thought the Pro Bowl honor was an “I told you so” to his previous teams (the 49ers, Redskins and Bears).

Lloyd cursed and then ended the teleconference with perhaps the greatest modifier of all time.

“No, I want to say, ‘(Bleep) you.’” Lloyd said, according to the Denver Post.

And then this:

“And I mean that in the most professional way.”

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.1.10 box score tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

We read through all the box scores so that you wouldn't have to. Here's what was pulled out.

Neither quarterback was very good in the Bengals-Dolphins game. Carson Palmer struggled with distance-based accuracy, completing just 17/38 passes. Chad Henne was 24/37 with no touchdowns and an awful interception to Morgan Trent.

M. Stafford returned to Detroit and helped lead his squad to a victory against Washington (Getty). For the seventh time in seven games this season, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams were both held to 80 yards or less on the ground.

Davone Bess, who started ahead of Brian Hartline for the first time this season, caught seven balls for Miami. The shifty slot receiver is on pace for 89 receptions and nearly 1,000 yards in 2010.

Maurice Jones-Drew had his best game of the season against the Cowboys, rushing for 135 yards on 27 carries.

In his first game since injuring his shoulder in Week 1, Matthew Stafford was 26/45 for 212 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. (DeAngelo Hall, who was outplayed by Calvin Johnson for most of the afternoon, snagged the interception on a brilliant first quarter play.)

The box score shows Washington gaining 80 yards on the ground, but 45 of those yards came on four Donovan McNabb runs. The Redskins never came close to sustaining a true rushing attack on Sunday.

Ndamukong Suh is running away with the Defensive Player of the Year award. The behemoth DT recorded two more sacks Sunday, bringing his total to 6.5 on the season. Suh also had five tackles and a game-sealing touchdown off a fumble return.

Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril also recorded a pair of sacks for the Lions.

Only 42,339 people paid to see the Lions defeat the Redskins.

The Bills became the fourth team in NFL history to lose back-to-back overtime games on the road. (Of course, that kind of heartbreak is nothing for a franchise that once lost back-to-back Super Bowls back-to-back times.) The last team to lose two straight road overtime games was the ’09 Steelers (remember them?).

For what it’s worth, Kansas City’s Thomas Jones became the first player in NFL history to rush for 500 yards for a fifth different team. Jones had 77 of the Chiefs’ 274 yards rushing. (Jamaal Charles led the way with 177; he also led the Chiefs with 61 yards receiving.)

C.J. Spiller seemed to spend as much time at wide receiver as running back. And not at slot receiver – split out WIDE, as in outside the numbers. Spiller finished with four catches for 28 yards and six carries for 17 yards. (It’s apparent that the first-round rookie is still doing too much reading and not enough reacting.)

Paul Posluszny led the Bills with 18 tackles. He has extra chances to tackle because none of Buffalo’s defensive linemen can get off blocks.

Steven Jackson played with a broken finger against the Panthers. He came out in passing situations (one catch, four yards), but rushed for 59 yards on 23 carries (his performance looked better than the numbers suggest).

You can call off the search party for Carolina’s running game – not because the run game was found but because it’s safe to declare it dead. Jonathan Stewart managed just 30 yards on 14 carries against the Rams. DeAngelo Williams stayed home with a foot injury.

James Laurinaitis is putting together a Pro Bowl season. On Sunday the second-year linebacker had eight tackles, a sack, three tackles for a loss and an interception (which came on a horrendous decision and throw by Matt Moore).

The Packers told Aaron Rodgers all week not to worry about his completion percentage – just make sure he didn’t turn the ball over. Rodgers listened. He was 15/34 passing with zero interceptions and fumbles.

Mark Sanchez was equally inaccurate, going 16/38 but with two picks (one of which was Charles Woodson plain ripping the ball away from Dustin Keller.)

LaDainian Tomlinson is clearly the No. 1 back for the Jets. He got 16 carries against Green Bay; Shonn Greene got six. Neither player was particularly effective (LT got tripped up on several shoestring tackles).

After catching a pass in 133 straight games, Donald Drive was held without a catch for a second straight game. He was still hampered by a quad injury.

Troy Smith was an efficient 12/19 for 196 yards and a touchdown in his 49ers starting debut. Looks like Mike Singletary may have a new starting Smith to threaten with a benching.

Brandon Lloyd hauled in seven passes for 169 yards. Lloyd has had triple-digit receiving yards in five games this season.

Justin Smith led the Niners with two sacks and two tackles for a loss.

The trio of Ryan Mathews, Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles combined for 145 yards rushing for San Diego.

Some guy named Seyi Ajirotutu (save some vowels for the rest of us, pal) had three catches for 48 yards for the Chargers. Ajirotutu is an undrafted rookie from Fresno State.

The Seahawks were 1/16 on third down against the Raiders.

How’s this for consistency: Adrian Peterson carried the ball 25 times for 92 yards Sunday, with his longest run going for just nine yards.

Danny Woodhead turned in five catches for 45 yards against the Vikings.

LeGarrette Blount had 22 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s win at Arizona. (Cadillac Williams had just four carries for 10 yards.)

In his first game since Week 3, Steve Breaston caught eight passes for 147 yards.

No one for the Steelers had more than 43 yards receiving at New Orleans Sunday night.

Robert Meachem and Marques Colston both had six catches and at least 75 yards receiving for the Saints.

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 8:52 am
 

Cromartie, Revis make tough CB combo

A. Cromartie has played extremely well in the absence of R. Moss (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

There’s been plenty of talk during the past day or so about how the Jets will match up CBs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie on Green Bay’s WR corps. Considering Revis says he’s 100 percent healthy now, he’s set to be that quote-unquote No. 1 receiver.

Except that Antonio Cromartie has performed quite well in Revis’ absence and maybe isn’t willing to give up that cherished role (let’s face it, he will, because Revis is one of the top-two CBs in the game, but he wouldn’t necessarily have to, because he’s played so well).

Look at this list drawn up by the Newark Star-Ledger of the top receivers Cromartie has shut down while Revis has dealt with his hamstring injury.

Since Cromartie has been in that No. 1 role, he’s covered New England’s Randy Moss (after Revis had to leave the game at halftime because of his hamstring), Miami’s Brandon Marshall, Buffalo’s Lee Evans, Moss again (with the Vikings) and Denver’s Brandon Lloyd.

With Cromartie matched up against that WR quartet, the Jets CB has been pretty close to outstanding. The WRs are being targeted an average of 2.2 times per quarter for 1.4 catches and 18 yards. If you throw out the first time he met with Moss – simply to round off the statistics a little better – the opponent’s No. 1 WR is targeted nine times per game with 3.5 catches for 63.5 yards with only one touchdown in those four contests.

Aside from Marshall (eight catches, 148 yards), Cromartie has just about shut down the competition.

So, what will New York do now?

“We can do whatever we want,” coach Rex Ryan said. “We can play right and left. We can match Darrelle on the top guy. We can match Cromartie on the top guy. We’ll let (the Packers) try to figure it out.”

Except that there's no mystery in saying this: Cromartie has proven now he's now legimately a No. 1 guy too.

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 8:28 pm
 

Brandon Lloyd didn't like losing 59-14

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Want to know what it’s like to be on the losing end of a 59-14 landslide? According to Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd – whose squad lost by that very score last Sunday to Oakland – it’s quite shame-inducing.

“There’s really no excuse for getting blown up on like that,” Lloyd told 104.3 the Fan, via sportsradiointervews.com. “That’s a high school game. That’s not a professional football game and it’s embarrassing. It’s just not right and there’s nothing really much we can do about that today but learn from it. Maybe there’s something during the week that we did wrong as players and coaches and try to correct that moving forward.”

And then, there’s this final quote where Lloyd weaves a tale of football legends, product placement and fantasy concoctions into one delicious paragraph.

“Especially after that game because I was embarrassed wearing the helmet and wearing the jersey,” Lloyd said. “It was that bad and like I said it’s the leadership. All of our different styles of leadership have to come to the forefront and that’s the best we can do. There’s no magic formula and there’s no Vince Lombardi speech that Coach McDaniels can pull out of the archives and read to us that’s going to make us a better team. We just have to keep grinding during the weeks and coaches have to continue to put game plans together that to put us in successful positions and we have to execute as players. Period. There’s no magical pixie dust that we can put in our Gatorade and drink it and go out and play like a new team.”

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