Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Brandon Lloyd and Anthony Gonzalez are the newest members of the New England Patriots wide receiving corps, instantly upgrading a position that lacked big play ability last season.

In Brandon Lloyd, the Patriots get a receiver with prior experience with Josh McDaniels' and the Patriots' complicated system.

Lloyd had his best season under McDaniels and his skill set is exactly what the Patriots were looking for.

He has the speed to get deep and stretch the field, His value, however, will be felt the most in the intermediate game.

The Patriots receivers have to recognize coverage’s pre and post snaps and make key adjustments. Lloyd understands the concepts, where many have had trouble being able to process that much information and execute it in real time.

Gonzalez is an interesting signing as in his rookie year he looked ready to be a star in the NFL. There are a lot of comparisons drawn between Gonzalez and Wes Welker, but they are two separate receivers in style. While both are quick in close space, Gonzales fits in a true number two receiving role and could be a surpise come next season.

Another receiver who played in a complex system with the Indianapolis Colts, the selections of both receivers show the emphasis the Patriots put on bringing in players who could walk and chew gum at the same time.

Gonzalez can play in the slot or at the two and also is a solid route runner. Ankle and leg injuries have hampered the receiver, but it looks as if the Patriots feel strong enough that he could make a contribution.

Lloyd and Gonzalez gives the Patriots extreme flexibility in their multiple sets and allows them to go to their 4 wide sets that Tom Brady executes very well.

Due to the lack of ability outside the numbers, Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez became the top targets along with Welker in 2011, but Gronkowski’s ankle injury in the AFC championship game showed how reliant the Patriots were on him, and if one of the three got injured, the offense bogged down.

Tom Brady now has the complete cache of weapons, and as silly as it sounds, the New England offense may be even better in 2012.


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