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Brandon Lloyd's opening gambit

New Patriots WR looks primed to fill passing game's missing link downfield

Updated: May 25, 2012, 12:11 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- 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 ...

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