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Bronco Rob
09-19-2010, 03:55 AM
Brandon Lloyd has the gift of grab


Broncos wide receiver looks like star after all
By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
09/19/2010 01:12:35 AM MDT


First week of kindergarten and already Brandon Lloyd was in the principal's office.

The principal was Brad Barnhart, who was the uncle of Joe Kinder, soon to become Lloyd's closest childhood friend and eventually his high school quarterback.

"My uncle said, 'Brandon, what did you do?' " Kinder recalled. "Brandon said, 'The teacher asked us what we wanted to do with our lives and I said I wanted to be a professional football player. She said that's not realistic. Pick something else. I wouldn't pick anything else, so she sent me here.' "

Looking back, what principal Barnhart could have said, maybe even should have said, was: "Hey, teacher! Leave the kid alone!" Instead, the principled principal told young Brandon that, yes, he could become a professional football player. But he would have to work hard.

The lesson here doesn't necessarily conclude with Lloyd growing up to become an NFL wide receiver for the Broncos, who play the Seattle Seahawks today at Invesco Field at Mile High.

More telling is the attitude Lloyd showed his kindergarten teacher. Lloyd knew he was right and would not allow authority to reverse his conviction.

It's a behavioral characteristic that would manifest itself as Lloyd lived out his goal, particularly during his two disappointing seasons (2006 and 2007) with the Washington Redskins.

Initially, the Redskins invested heavily in Lloyd, surrendering third- and fourth-round draft picks to the San Francisco 49ers, then signing their new weapon to a six-year, $30 million contract with $10 million guaranteed.

Not long afterward, though, Lloyd fell out of favor with Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. In this case, Gibbs was not only the teacher but the principal too. And Gibbs ruled that Lloyd could no longer play.

What makes Lloyd different from other players isn't the attitude rap he has carried since his Gibbs adventure but that he's introspective enough to acknowledge it.

"You talk to anybody who has known me since I was in flag football and they would say I have, and always had, an attitude," said Lloyd, who followed this statement with a disarming laugh. "It's my competitive nature. In Washington, I wasn't going to allow Joe or anybody else tell me somebody else was better than me. I was not accepting that."

Does this sound like a certain head coach of the Broncos? Josh McDaniels dealt away such talented players as Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler because the coach was convinced it was best for the Broncos, regardless of what others said.

In McDaniels, Lloyd just may have found a . . .

"Kindred spirit?" McDaniels said, smiling. "I appreciate Brandon. He has a personality to him that I have a lot of respect for. Not every player is going to be the same. Not every player is going to have the same everyday intensity, or their focus may not come across in the same manner.

"But I think this kid wants to do well, he wants to win. I think he has responded well to a team that wants him."

Sometimes, all a kid needs is a teacher who believes in him.

Plenty of parental influence

Lloyd's two biggest fans are former teachers. His father, James, taught math at the middle school and high school level in the Kansas City (Mo.) inner-city district for more than 30 years. Even after James moved his family to the suburb of Blue Springs, he commuted into the city to teach.

Shirley, the family matriarch, taught in a Kansas City school devoted to kids with learning disabilities.

The influence the Lloyds had on their youngest son is unmistakable.

"I've always been abreast of current events," he said. "On family vacations, we'd drive all the way to Little Rock, Ark., listening to NPR the whole way."

Mom gave up teaching when it became apparent the sports schedules for Brandon and his older brother Mark were a full-time labor of love.

"One or the other (parent) was at every practice," Lloyd said. "My parents did not miss a football game, a basketball game, a track meet until I got to the NFL."

Lloyd quickly became a Kansas City high school sensation, and his track meets were must-see events.

Those acrobatic catches he has made for the Broncos starting with the final two games of last season? Such skill was first put on a big-stage display his freshman year in high school, when he won the Missouri state high jump competition.

Lloyd won it again as a sophomore and senior (he was injured as a junior), setting a personal best at 7-feet, 2 inches. Fortunately for the Broncos, Lloyd often brings a twisted version of the Fosbury Flop to his receptions.

"He's probably one of the most explosive guys that I've been around. Not just in terms of straight-line speed, but he's one of the better jumpers that I've ever seen," said Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, who was also Lloyd's teammate with the Chicago Bears in 2008. "Making plays on the sidelines, contorting his body and making plays and still being able to catch the ball, he's very good at that stuff."

"I feel fresh" at age 29

Yet the feeling around the NFL is that Lloyd has yet to reach his full potential. He was getting there in his early years with the 49ers, catching 48 passes and averaging 15.3 yards per reception in 2005. But then came the career hiccup with Washington.

Now in his ninth season, and with his fourth team, Lloyd is off to a terrific start in 2010. He caught five passes for 117 yards in the Broncos' opener last week at Jacksonville.

Three receptions went for at least 25 yards, showing he has a chance to become the Broncos' first legitimate deep-ball threat since Ashley Lelie in 2005.

Lloyd nearly became the hero of the Broncos' opener with his leaping, twisting, back-reaching grab in the end zone in the fourth quarter against the Jaguars only to have one foot come down on the painted white stripe.

"I think it's pretty normal for guys who get up to eight, nine years for their ability and production to decline," said Lloyd, 29. "That's normal. But I feel fresh. I almost feel like Washington was a couple redshirt years. That extended my career by not playing me."

He laughs at the irony. Just don't tell him he's not realistic.




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Late bloomers at wide receiver


It's not unusual for quarterbacks, such as Kurt Warner and Y.A. Tittle, to shine late in their careers. But the Broncos' Brandon Lloyd, right, at 29 and in his ninth season, could be the rare wide receiver who has a career-best year late in his career. Others:


1. Charlie Joyner, WR, Chargers

Had first 50-catch season at 30, then 72, 71, 70 catches at 32, 33 and 34.


2. Troy Brown, WR, Patriots

Little production for seven years. Then 83, 101, 97 catches in seasons eight, nine and 10 at ages 29, 30, 31.


3. Ed McCaffrey, WR, Broncos

After stints with Giants and 49ers, took off with Broncos for 64 catches at 30, 71 at 31 and 101 at 32.


4. Haven Moses, WR, Broncos

Obliterated previous career best with 54 catches for 943 yards at 33.


5. Eddie Quitennison, WR, chefs

Personal problems and no spine caused him to quit on Broncos in 2001. Returned for only 1,000-yard seasons at 31 and 32 in 2004 and 2005 for the losing Chefs.


http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_16114528



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Swedish Extrovert
09-19-2010, 03:56 AM
Nice thread title.

Boomhauer
09-19-2010, 04:18 AM
http://djdesign.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/brandon-lloyd.jpg
http://broncosbanter.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/brandon-lloyd.jpg
http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2006/12/30/PH2006123001101.jpg
http://photos.upi.com/slideshow/lbox/a2c7c2e7906ebce8f304088b02ca0693/NFL-FOOTBALL.jpg
Dude's always had skill :notworthy
http://www.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/fortyniners/2005/11/20/sp-220x185-49ers222kr.jpg

Bronco Rob
09-19-2010, 05:10 AM
AWESOME PIXZ!


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colonelbeef
09-19-2010, 05:44 AM
man i hope so, picked him off of waivers in my ffb league

UberBroncoMan
09-19-2010, 06:07 AM
I like the edits to Quitter.

Bronco Rob
09-19-2010, 09:37 AM
I like the edits to Quitter.




:thumbsup:

Bronco Rob
12-29-2010, 07:26 PM
;)

epicSocialism4tw
12-29-2010, 10:10 PM
Lloyd has been alot of fun to watch this year. He has really had some jaw-dropping catches. That catch he made on his back while sliding out of the end zone against the Raiders was probably the best catch I have ever seen. That wall was in the air for 30 yards and he caught it while sliding at full speed on his back.

I hope that Lloyd stays and becomes a long-time Bronco. He's a crazy acrobat with perfect hands.

sgbfan
12-29-2010, 10:47 PM
He's made 5 or 6 amazing catches this year that didn't count because he was out of bounds. And those two one handed catches when he was on the 9ers were maybe the two best catches I've ever seen. He definately has the best hands of anyone I've ever watched!

Hamrob
12-29-2010, 11:43 PM
I like Lloyd...but, I don't want him on this team...if he can't get over his butt buddy being benched. Tebow is and will be the leader of this offense...not Lloyd!

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/12/29/brandon-lloyd-mcdaniels-may-still-be-coach-if-he-went-to-tim-tebow/

Brandon Lloyd: McDaniels might still be here if he started Tebow
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on December 29, 2010, 10:23 PM EST
http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/b-lloyd.jpg?w=250 Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=449) is a Josh McDaniels guy. In an interview with 104.3 The Fan in Denver, he said he loved “McDaniels to death” and that he’s a “hell of a coach.”
Lloyd was asked if he thinks McDaniels might still be around (http://sportsradiointerviews.com/2010/12/29/even-chad-ochocinco-thinks-brandon-lloyd-deserves-praise-for-his-breakout-season/#more-29356) if he went to Tim Tebow at quarterback before he was fired.
“I think so because 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.”
Just a few weeks ago, Lloyd said he wanted Kyle Orton (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&id=3214) to remain at quarterback because Orton gave the team the best chance to win games. A couple of starts have warmed Lloyd up to the rookie, but it will take time before Tebow is a leader of men.
“It’s not Tebow’s place to say anything to the team because he’s still a rookie,” Lloyd said via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “He’s a rookie, we are the veterans on the team, and our veterans speak. Brian Dawkins speaks . . . What I find funny about the whole Tebow thing is how well his passion has translated to the fans. We feel it as the players, but at the same time, he’s just another player to us. He’s not how the public views him and not how you guys view him as being the instant leader. . . . There’s no animosity towards his popularity. “
Lloyd raises a good point about Tebow and McDaniels. For all of McDaniels’ issues, his era will be looked back on a lot more fondly if McDaniels’ most controversial draft pick turns into a franchise pillar.


I think Lloyd needs to listen a little closer to Dawkins and Bailey and what they have to say about Tebow. **** ORTON!!!

Los Broncos
12-29-2010, 11:46 PM
I still think about that catch he made for a TD v KC while going out of bounds, amazing catch.

Chris
12-30-2010, 01:41 AM
I like the edits to Quitter.

Not an edit. That is his legal name now.

Taco John
12-30-2010, 01:44 AM
I still about that catch he made for a TD v KC while going out of bounds, amazing catch.

http://i.imgur.com/MJ9f3.png

Los Broncos
12-30-2010, 08:35 AM
http://i.imgur.com/MJ9f3.png

I did edit my post, forgot "think" and forgive me I'm in a lot of pain. :sunshine:

Kaylore
12-30-2010, 08:47 AM
I like Lloyd...but, I don't want him on this team...if he can't get over his butt buddy being benched. Tebow is and will be the leader of this offense...not Lloyd!

I think Lloyd needs to listen a little closer to Dawkins and Bailey and what they have to say about Tebow. **** ORTON!!!

Ok you need to calm down.

Hamrob
12-30-2010, 08:56 AM
Ok you need to calm down.Will do. But, if Lloyd or any other player can't get over Kyle Orton...they've got another thing coming. Orton will be gone soon enough.

Beantown Bronco
12-30-2010, 09:04 AM
Talk about misleading. The way this season was going, I was really expecting this to be an article about how Lloyd was arrested for shoplifting over the weekend.

oubronco
12-30-2010, 09:20 AM
Daaaaaaaaayum


http://djdesign.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/brandon-lloyd.jpg

Gcver2ver3
12-30-2010, 10:19 AM
Ok you need to calm down.

i'm not up in arms or anything, but i do think hamrob has a point...

IMO, lloyd doesn't appear to be behind tebow the way some of the other players appear to be...

not saying lloyd hates the guy or anything, but i'd like lloyd to endorse him a little better than i've seen...

oubronco
12-30-2010, 10:55 AM
i'm not up in arms or anything, but i do think hamrob has a point...

IMO, lloyd doesn't appear to be behind tebow the way some of the other players appear to be...

not saying lloyd hates the guy or anything, but i'd like lloyd to endorse him a little better than i've seen...

Did it occur to you that not everyone slobs Timmy boys knob

epicSocialism4tw
12-30-2010, 11:12 AM
i'm not up in arms or anything, but i do think hamrob has a point...

IMO, lloyd doesn't appear to be behind tebow the way some of the other players appear to be...

not saying lloyd hates the guy or anything, but i'd like lloyd to endorse him a little better than i've seen...

He's being diplomatic. And thats okay. :)

Gcver2ver3
12-30-2010, 11:20 AM
He's being diplomatic. And thats okay. :)

playing both sides of the fence?....perhaps...

but whats more important IMO is focusing on team progress rather than protecting someone's feelings...


but i get what you're saying, and maybe you're right...

i'm admittedly biased on this...my love for tebow has me defend him at every beckon call...

Chris
12-30-2010, 12:02 PM
Lloyd has played on two teams with Kyle. Kyle has got him great stats this year. As soon as he realises he can still play at the same level with Tebow behind centre, he'll be fully behind him.