FOXBORO — Brandon Lloyd has been around Tom Brady for a relatively short time — especially when it comes to the postseason — but the veteran wide receiver has come away impressed at the way the quarterback prepares for the postseason.
Lloyd, who finished his first full season with the Patriots with 74 catches for 911 yards and four touchdowns, said that when it comes to prep work, the quarterback treats each game the same.
“It’s the same preparation, the same commitment, the same commitment to developing relationships with the pass catchers, with the offensive line,” Lloyd said Wednesday afternoon. “We still get our one-on-one time and routes and one-on-one time in film study. So he does that with all of the players and he spends a lot of time with us. You get that during the regular season and he is still doing that now. So it is the same.”
When it comes to what has surprised Lloyd the most about Brady, he said it all comes back to the work.
“I think how detailed his work ethic is,” Lloyd said. “We all work hard and we all say that we do work hard. We like to think that the best players are the hardest workers and Tom proved that when I got here.”
Like fellow veteran Aqib Talib, Lloyd is going through his first postseason experience. Even though he said there were “no nerves, no jitters” when it came to his first career playoff game, he said Wednesday he takes a page out of Brady’s book and uses the same “one-game-at-a-time” approach that got him through his first full season in New England.
“That’s how I have been approaching it,” said Lloyd, who had five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s divisional playoff win over the Texans. “It seems like ever since Thanksgiving there have been the biggest games of my career, and it’s not changing now in the playoffs. The approach that I’ve always taken in my career, regardless of the magnitude of the game, is to approach it like it is a regular game, and that’s been helpful for me.”