Outside perspective could help

In a story now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes on Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd and how his presence could help fill a void that hurt the offense in its final game of the 2011 season.

The last time the New England Patriots played a game that counted, they most often lined up with receivers Wes Welker and Deion Branch alongside tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

Their opponent in Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants, countered with a three-safety package that effectively focused on taking the middle of the field away. The plan was sound because if there is one area that Welker, Branch, Gronkowski and Hernandez threaten most, it's between the numbers -- short to intermediate. The approach also spoke volumes about how the Giants' viewed the Patriots' passing game -- there was no true vertical threat, and there wasn't much to worry about on the outer edges of the field.

Bill Belichick, based on his offseason moves, must have seen the attack's deficiencies the same way.

Welcome, Brandon Lloyd.

As Belichick noted in a recent interview, the hope is that Lloyd helps balance out the team's attack. That balance was on display during Thursday's organized team activity.

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