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Viewpoints on Pats' moves

3/18/2012

A few different viewpoints on the Patriots and their moves in free agency:

1. Lloyd provides exclamation point. ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss writes on receiver Brandon Lloyd as the exclamation point for the Patriots' activity over the first five days of free agency. And the team's work isn't done yet. "Time will tell whether the signings are the right ones -- Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco looked like great moves last July but both fizzled -- yet at the least one can clearly see Belichick's intentions. Free agency has mostly been about strengthening the team's middle class -- players 20-40 on the 53-man roster -- and the way the Patriots have worked the market has mirrored the way Belichick's football teams often manage critical situations in games," Reiss writes. "They've been smart, decisive at times, while showing patience and letting things come to them in other cases (e.g., Lloyd). They've also filled some key needs (defensive line, safety, receiver), which should give them flexibility heading into the draft in late April ..."

2. Lloyd the perfect fit (Insider content). KC Joyner writes on the team's agreement with receiver Brandon Lloyd, breaking down three reasons why it's a perfect fit. His past production in Josh McDaniels' offense, coupled with the Patriots' need, makes it a perfect combination. "If Lloyd can come close to replicating his 2010 stretch vertical performance (45 attempts, 712 yards, 15.8 SVYPA), it could go a long way toward upgrading the only real weakness in the Patriots' passing game," Joyner writes.