The Patriots primarily ran a two tight-end offense last season, utlizing young stars Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. This style of offense allowed Gronkowski to be included in most of the offensive plays and led him to set new records in receiving yards and touchdowns for tight ends. However, there was one notable problem in the Patriots arsenal- the lack of a deep threat. This became evident in the Super Bowl when Tom Brady could not seem to find anyone vertically down the field. Wideouts Deion Branch and Chad Ochocinco have aged considerably and are only shadows of their normally steller selfs. With the acquisition of explosive wide receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Broncos, the Patriots hope to solve this problem. Attacking the middle of the field with Wes Welker, Hernandez and Gronkowski is easy and Lloyd will add a new dimension to the Patriots offense. Lloyd was perhaps picked over other name wide receivers because of his connection with former Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels who now runs the Patriots offense as OC.
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