17 Oct 2011
The compensation is apparently a sixth-round pick that could become a fifth-rounder if Lloyd reaches a certain number of receptions. This move would seem to only make sense if the Rams got Brandon Lloyd to commit to a contract extension as part of the deal. Otherwise, there's no point in an 0-5 team trading for a No. 1 wide receiver. Lloyd's career also makes him a huge question mark overall. This is a guy who never had a positive DVOA rating until last year, and only has a catch rate above 50 percent in three seasons (2008, 2010, and this year). Last year Josh McDaniels' offense fed him the ball like crazy, but this year the new Denver offense hasn't used him anywhere near as much and once again he has average stats. Can he possibly return to last year's heights, or was that a massive fluke year? And what about his long-rumored difficult personality? Is Lloyd really the right guy to become the veteran mentor to a young receiving corps like the one in St. Louis?
37 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2011, 1:27pm by The Hypno-Toad
The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.