Reports: Lloyd to visit with 49ers


Reports: Lloyd to visit with 49ers

All afternoon on Tuesday you heard about wide receivers signing big time contracts to NFL teams.

None of those wide receivers were Brandon Lloyd. And none of those teams were the New England Patriots.

Cause for concern? Maybe. Or Maybe the Patriots are just playing the waiting game, going back and forth with Lloyd's camp and trying to find the best deal for both sides.

No, they're not about to go spend Pierre Garcon money (42.5 million over five years, 21.5 million of which is guaranteed) all over the NFL.

But it could be that type of money -- money thrown around by other teams -- that could spoil the Patriots' hope at landing a big name wideout like Lloyd.

Now, ESPN and NFL Network are reporting that Lloyd is on his way to San Francisco to meet with the 49ers, who just signed Randy Moss to a one-year deal on the cheap. Lloyd was drafted in the 4th round by the 49ers back in 2003 where he played for three seasons.

With a number of receivers now off the market (Garcon, Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, Robert Meachem), more focus will be on someone like Lloyd, and the 49ers are "Exhibit A".
If the Patriots are serious about bringing Lloyd on, they'll probably have to spend a little more money than they want to. With Lloyd turning 31 in July, and with really only one great season (2010) to show, maybe the Patriots look somewhere else.

Either way, a decision on Lloyd will probably have to come soon -- whether they make it or he does.

Do you feel like the Patriots should pay up? Let us know!

Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"


Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

BOSTON – At the end of the day, it was simply a game where the Bruins allowed themselves to get outworked in the third period and overtime. 

The B’s held a three-goal lead in the second period and still enjoyed a two-goal lead in the third period, but eventually dropped a frustrating, futile 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday night. It was clear to most speaking after the game that the Bruins eased up on the gas pedal once they’d scored their fourth goal of the game in the second period, and simply watched as the Sabres stomped all over them in the game’s second half. 

“I think we might have been a little bit too scared to play [in the third period], you know? We tried to just flip the pucks away, and didn’t make any plays trying to get it in the zone. Instead we should have just kept going like we did in the first two periods,” said David Pastrnak, who scored a pair of goals early in the loss to allow the Bruins to build up the three-goal lead. “Obviously we’re disappointed. We got one point. I think we didn’t play our game in the third period. We kind of stopped playing and they were all over us, and you know, it’s on us. We were the ones that gave them their point, but the first two periods were good. It’s just another learning session.”

To Pastrnak’s point, the Bruins were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the final 20 minutes of regulation and 21-6 overall in the third period and overtime prior to Ryan O’Reilly’s game-winner during 3-on-3 play. It was at this point the Bruins certainly missed stalwart stay-at-home defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller in the D-zone, and fell short of qualified penalty killers while trying to burn off a Brandon Carlo interference call at the end of the third period. 

All of that caught up to them once the Bruins loosened their grip on the Sabres, but certainly the feeling is that the loss should’ve been avoidable even if some of the circumstances made it difficult for the Black and Gold. It also should have been avoidable against a Sabres hockey club that was dreadful last season, and is again one of the doormats in the Atlantic Division in the early going thus far. 

“Those are the games you can’t lose. We obviously didn’t do the job there in the third and close it out, but we’re going to have to regroup and work on our game and be better for the next one,” said Brad Marchand. “We didn’t play the game we needed to play. We relaxed a bit and we started losing a few battles in the wrong areas, and you know, they just played better than we did.”

It’s mystifying that any team would need a crash-and-born loss like Saturday night in order to learn any lessons moving forward, and it certainly might have been a different story for the Bruins if they weren’t missing a few big defensive pieces. But that’s not how it went down for the Black and Gold as they sagged under rising pressure from the Sabres, and simply stopped working when the chips were on the table late in Saturday night’s game.