As the San Francisco 49ers continue to do work at training camp, it has been the play of 11-year veteran WR Brandon Lloyd that continues to garner headlines. From his precise route-running to receiving high praise from his teammates, Lloyd is continuing to look like a viable No. 3 option. However, the question remains, will he crack the 53-man roster? A loaded skill position as the 49ers already have entrenched starters in WR Michael Crabtree and WR Anquan Boldin while acquiring WR Stevie Johnson via a trade, Lloyd may be the odd man out. Combine those three receivers with the young talent around them in second-year WR Quinton Patton and rookie fourth-round pick WR Bruce Ellington and you can see where this becomes a numbers game.
So with Lloyd continuing to put in the work despite the unfavorable odds, the 49ers media had the opportunity to pick his brain after practice. From revealing the importance of his route-running to possibly finishing his career in San Francisco, Lloyd touched on a variety of topics as he fights his way through a tough camp battle.
A veteran leader on the field as Lloyd played with QB Tom Brady while with New England, he believes QB Colin Kaepernick has a lot of tools. From the weight room to the film room, he had this to say about the 49ers franchise quarterback: “He has an incredible desire to get better, and that’s at everything. To training in the weight room to film study.”
Lloyd was then asked by Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows on why he came back to San Francisco and Lloyd said, “We’ve discussed me coming back here a couple different times as a free-agent and I always wanted to explore my options to coming back to play for the San Francisco team.
Lloyd on coming back to SF: “San Francisco has always held a special place in my heart.”
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) July 29, 2014
But how is Lloyd doing in practice? Extremely well. He runs crisp routes, gets in-and-out of his breaks fluidly and always seems to have a step or two on his defender. Even rookie fourth-round pick CB Dontae Johnson had high praise for Lloyd when he was asked the question on who is the hardest to cover as Johnson said, “I would say Brandon Lloyd.” Even QB Colin Kaepernick has taken notice as he said, “For the most part he’s open by a step or two.”
With Lloyd continuing to fight for a roster spot it will likely come down to him or special-teams ace WR Kassim Osgood as the Niners are pretty much set at the receiver position.