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Five Facts about 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Leading up to the 2014 season at 49ers.com, we’ll get to know new and intriguing players. We continue our series with wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.

Leading up to the 2014 season at 49ers.com, we’ll get to know new and intriguing players. We continue our series with wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, whom San Francisco signed to a one-year contract on April 15.

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1. He will compete to be the play-making No. 3 wideout Jim Harbaugh is seeking. 

The 49ers currently boast Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton as the top wide receivers on the roster. Despite being out of football last season, Lloyd has a chance to crack the rotation as San Francisco’s third receiver. Harbaugh recently said at the NFL owners’ meetings that he wants to see “a playmaker” emerge as the team’s No. 3 wideout. Harbaugh specifically said he wants “a third guy who can get open and make plays, another option for the quarterback to go to, a chance to attack all areas of the field.” Lloyd, the 10th receiver on the team’s current roster, has a track record that matches up with many of the qualities Harbaugh mentioned. Lloyd turns 33 on July 5 and does not play special teams. Winning the job as San Francisco’s No. 3 receiver will be his direct path to the 53-man roster.

2. He knows his way around team headquarters.

Lloyd was a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in the 2003 NFL Draft. The former University of Illinois wideout played his first three NFL seasons with the team. San Francisco traded Lloyd to the Washington Redskins in 2006 for a pair of draft picks. Lloyd, a native of Kansas City, Mo., will see a different training center in Santa Clara when he arrives for the offseason program. Lloyd’s arrival in 2003 also coincided with the team’s first training camp in the South Bay. Lloyd will see many enhancements to the facility, and of course, he’ll certainly be well aware of the billion-dollar Levi’s® Stadium nearing completion next door.

3. He's reinvented himself as he's gotten older.

Lloyd’s early moments in the NFL featured spectacular one-handed catches. The 6-foot, 200-pound wideout has a knack for hauling in improbable deep balls. Lloyd, however, never caught more than 48 passes for the 49ers. Lloyd’s best production took place in the later stages of his career with the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Lloyd led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448) with the Broncos in 2010. Lloyd’s on-field progress continued into his most recent NFL season, one that saw him catch 74 passes for 911 receiving yards and four touchdown passes as a member of the Patriots in 2012. Lloyd was a free agent the following season and elected to not sign with a team. According to reports, Lloyd turned down the 49ers and other teams that approached him about playing.

4. His best single-game performance came against the 49ers.

Lloyd enjoyed his best production on a night when San Francisco earned a memorable 41-34 road victory over the Patriots on Dec. 16, 2012. The notable game during San Francisco’s run to a sixth Super Bowl appearance saw the Patriots tie the game after trailing 31-3 in the third quarter. It also featured Lloyd connecting with New England’s future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady, to the tune of 10 catches and 190 receiving yards. Even so, the 49ers withstood a second-half flurry from the Patriots to win the crucial late-season road game. San Francisco’s passing game that night featured another former New England receiver in Randy Moss, who joined the 49ers after sitting out of football in 2011.

5. San Francisco will face four of his former teams in 2014.

Should Lloyd make San Francisco’s Week 1 roster, the veteran wideout could see several familiar uniforms on the opposite sideline in 2014. In fact, four of Lloyd’s former teams will play the 49ers during the regular season. Following his three seasons with the 49ers, Lloyd played for the Washington Redskins (2006-07), Chicago Bears (‘08), Broncos (‘09-11), St. Louis Rams (‘11) and Patriots (‘12). The regular season schedule is expected to be released prior to the 2014 draft on May 8-10. But, it’s already known that San Francisco will face Washington at home as well as Chicago and Denver on the road. The fourth team, the Rams, will compete against the 49ers twice in the regular season.

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