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Monday, October 17, 2011
Lloyd upgrades Rams receiving unit



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Since the start of the 2010 season, no receiver has more targets (91) and receptions (48) than Lloyd on passes thrown 15 yards or more downfield.

The Denver Broncos traded WR Brandon Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams. The Rams gave up a sixth-round draft pick that could become a fifth-round pick if Lloyd catches 30 passes the rest of the season.

The Broncos have called pass plays on 59.6 percent of snaps from scrimmage, 16th-highest in the NFL this season. Lloyd is now headed to the most pass-oriented offense in the league (66.3 percent). The Cleveland Browns are second at 64.9 percent, followed by the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, both at 64.2 percent.

Lloyd would be an upgrade over Sam Bradford's current receiving corps, especially over the middle. Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (Lloyd’s head coach in Denver for 2009 and most of 2010) will be hoping Lloyd can replicate his production from a year ago, when he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448).

Since the start of the 2010 season, no receiver has more targets (91) and receptions (48) than Lloyd on passes thrown 15 yards or more downfield. In addition, he caught six TD passes and had an NFL-best no dropped passes on balls thrown 15 yards or more downfield.

By comparison, no Rams receiver has more than 12 such receptions and in all, Rams receivers were targeted 103 times and caught only 36 passes on such throws. The group also combined for five TDs and six dropped balls.

Lloyd is the fourth player since the merger (1970) to lead the NFL in receiving yards, then play for a different team the following season. He's the first to switch teams midseason the next year. Lloyd joins Muhsin Muhammad, who went from the Carolina Panthers to the Chicago Bears in 2005; John Jefferson, who went from the San Diego Chargers to the Green Bay Packets in 1981; and Harold Jackson, who went from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Los Angeles Rams.