After leading the league in receiving yards last year, the Denver Bronco’s wide receiver Brandon Lloyd has been traded to the St. Louis Rams today for a conditional 6th round draft pick in 2012. The pick could become a fifth-round pick depending on Lloyd’s performance in St. Louis this year. The move re-unites him with his old head coach and current Rams’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The eight year veteran wideout and his new team will face the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday in Arlington.
Lloyd instantly becomes the Rams biggest receiving threat. Last year, Lloyd recorded 77 catches for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Broncos. But Lloyd is off to a slow start so far this year with just 19 catches for a 283 yards and no touchdowns. The Broncos recent quarterback switch from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow appears to be a major factor in the trade. Other factors include this year’s coaching change to John Fox and the fact that this is the final year in Lloyd’s current contract.
Lloyd will add a deep threat and veteran leadership to a group of young wide receivers plagued by injuries and inconsistency. St. Louis’ leading receiver from last year and former Cowboy, Danny Amendola, is out for the season with a dislocated elbow. And wideout Mike Sims-Walker, who was signed in the off-season, was a healthy scratch over the weekend. (Update: Sims-Walker was released by the Rams today) The current no-name Rams wide receivers have just two touchdown receptions so far this season. The Rams needed a new target for their young quarterback, Sam Bradford.
Before playing for the Broncos, Lloyd played for the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins, and the Chicago Bears. The 30 year old had his best year last year, making the pro-bowl for the very first time.
Regardless, the Dallas defense should not have any trouble with a Rams offense ranked 27th in the NFL. But Lloyd is an unknown quantity. And unknown quantities can be dangerous. I’m sure Dallas’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is studying Broncos game film at this very moment.