After becoming the first player in team history to lead the NFL in receiving yards last season, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd turned in his first 100-yard game of 2011 last Sunday in Green Bay. Lloyd finished with eight catches for 136 yards. His eight catches were the second-most in his nine-year career while the 136 yards ranked fourth.
“(Lloyd) did a nice job, and (QB) Kyle (Orton) had some nice throws to him,” Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy said on Thursday. “Brandon was flying off the football. That’s the guy we love to see.”
Lloyd, who had been limited by a groin injury that kept him out of Denver’s Week 2 game against Cincinnati, credited having a full week of practice as helping spur the big performance.
“Definitely, full weeks of practice together give the quarterback and play callers a lot of confidence in taking those kind of plays down the field,” he said. “So, we’re working hard in practice, completing a lot of passes in practice, and hopefully they carry over to the game.”
To beat the division-leading Chargers this week, Lloyd knows that the team has to capitalize on its red zone opportunities.
“I think we learned a valuable lesson in the Green Bay game that not only do we have to start fast, but we have to put seven points on the board,” he said. “Getting in a three-point game against San Diego is just as dangerous as getting in a three point game against the Green Bay Packers, so we’re going to have to put up seven points. We’re going to have to move the ball on offense and get in scoring position and score sevens.”
In two games last season against the Chargers, Lloyd caught 11 passes for 151 yards with one touchdown in each game, a scoring trend he hopes to continue this Sunday.
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