Updates. With AP Photos. By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer The New England Patriots have a quarterback, tight end and wide receiver who are among the best at their positions in the NFL.
Add Brandon Lloyd to that rich mix, and the passing game should be even better than the one that took them to the Super Bowl last season.
''We'll see,'' Lloyd said.
In the preseason, the Patriots' new deep threat displayed little of what he can do, catching just one pass for 12 yards. That was one more reception than Wes Welker, who led the league with 122 last season. And Rob Gronkowski caught only five passes in those games.
Of course, the stars often play sparingly in August. Tom Brady sat out two of the four games and played only two series in another.
So even though history strongly suggests another outstanding passing attack - especially with Lloyd signing as a free agent - the first real test comes Sunday in the season opener at Tennessee.