Lloyd links track career to catching

August, 6, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- From the outset of training camp, new Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd has shown a propensity to make difficult catches appear effortless.

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Mike Reiss"I feel like every ball is catchable," says Brandon Lloyd.
Strong hands have been a hallmark of Lloyd’s during his career, and he traces the development of his unique ability to make difficult catches back to his days as a standout high jumper in high school.

“I attribute that to my high jumping when I was in high school, because it gives you a lot of visualizing and preparing to jump at high heights that you can't practice,” Lloyd said.

“I couldn't jack myself up enough in practice to clear 7 feet, but I can visualize and visualize the timing. And I was so successful at that I thought that I'd transfer that over to football,” he continued. “So when I look at the call sheet and I look at the plays, I just imagine catching any possible way. Visualize every coverage, visualize every catch -- one hand, two hand, you know, anything. When it happens, it feels like I've already been there almost.”

Lloyd appears to have already developed a strong rapport with quarterback Tom Brady, and we’ve seen him make catches down the field, in traffic, and over the middle.

Perhaps a big part of Lloyd’s ability to make tough catches is his confidence, as he told reporters on Monday morning. “I feel like every ball is catchable,” he said.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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