Lloyd is a great fit for Patriots

The WR will add a vertical threat New England hasn't had since Randy Moss

Originally Published: March 18, 2012
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

The New England Patriots added another offensive weapon on Saturday night, signing wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a three-year deal. There are three reasons why signing with the Patriots is a perfect move for both parties.

Reason No. 1: Lloyd has a history of being extraordinarily productive in a Josh McDaniels offense

To get an idea of just how dominant Lloyd can be on vertical routes (defined as passes thrown 11 or more yards downfield), let's compare his 2010 vertical numbers against the vertical numbers posted by Randy Moss in his record-setting 2007 season. (Note: These totals include penalty plays such as pass interference, illegal contact, etc.)

2007 Moss: 98 vertical targets, 1,124 vertical yards, 11.5 vertical yards per attempt (VYPA), 17 touchdowns

2010 Lloyd: 110 vertical targets, 1,403 vertical yards, 12.8 VYPA, nine touchdowns

Moss has a significant lead in touchdowns, but in every other vertical metric comparison, Lloyd's 2010 campaign topped Moss' 2007 totals.