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Brandon Lloyd Relearns 49ers West Coast Offense

Posted Jul 29, 2014

San Francisco's veteran wideout said he studied schemes similar to Jim Harbaugh's during his college years at Illinois and his first three NFL seasons with the team.

Don’t let the playbook defeat you.

Give maximum effort every time.

Make the plays.

“I follow those three steps," Brandon Lloyd said, "and I have for the last 10 training camps.”

Anyone who has seen the first week-plus of training camp here in Santa Clara can attest: The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver has fulfilled the second and third parts of his annual aim. 

Take Tuesday as an example. Wearing sweats, he burst past another new veteran, cornerback Chris Cook, on a one-on-one drill.

“I told him I will throw everything I have at ‘em," Lloyd said of Cook, "and we’ll get better as we move.”

Then, after besting rookie cornerback Kenneth Acker for a touchdown during a 7-on-7 drill, the 33-year-old, 11-year veteran spiked the ball into the grass. 

Even when he's not hauling in Colin Kaepernick-thrown passes, you can tell he's giving maximum effort and making plays.

Kaepernick can from his vantage point, too.

"Happy with what he's doing," the signal-caller said. "It gives me that much more confidence that when I drop back, I'm going to have a receiver where he is supposed to be...

"For the most part, he's open by a step or two, so that makes it easier, too."

As for the playbook? Lloyd said he has the benefit of playing in West Coast systems like Jim Harbaugh's, both in his college days at the University of Illinois and in his first-go around with San Francisco, from 2003 to '05. 

"There are a lot of similar play-calls from the West Coast offense and route combinations," said Lloyd, who said again on Tuesday that the 49ers were the only team he wanted to play for after sitting out the '13 campaign. "I’ve been finding myself using comparisons from when I was in college. I was like, 'Oh, we used to call that play this, we used to call that play that.' So that’s how I’ve been remembering.

"It’s been good picking it up, but here also are a lot of nuances and formations that are the curveballs within the offense. But there are a lot of details, so it hasn’t been easy, but I’ve been enjoying the process."

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