Report: Tom Brady Texting Deion Branch, Brandon Lloyd To Gauge Availability

FOXBORO (CBS) — The Patriots need some receiving help, and Tom Brady is apparently turning to some old friends.

NFL.com’s Michael Silver and Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the quarterback has been “calling & texting Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd, gauging their availability.”

“Deion Branch has told Tom Brady he’s ready whenever, hanging in Kentucky,” Rapoport tweeted. “Brandon Lloyd isn’t yet. But he is acting in zombie movies.”

The last comment is in reference to Lloyd’s latest career venture, acting in a straight-to-DVD film titled “After Effect,” which stars Daniel Baldwin (plenty of more info on that film is right here). Last season, in his one year in New England, Lloyd had 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns.

Meanwhile Branch, 34, remains a free agent. He played in 10 games last year for the Patriots, catching just 16 passes for 145 yards and zero touchdowns.

Tom Brady and Brandon Lloyd (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Despite the major drop-off from the days when Branch produced at a reasonably high level, what Brady would seek in Branch is simply a veteran who knows the playbook and won’t make mental mistakes. Brady was visibly upset with his young receiving corps …read more    

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