FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Across nine years and five teams, Brandon Lloyd never played in the postseason.
Now, in his 10th season, his wait is finally over.
Lloyd is excited for his playoff debut on Sunday in New England's divisional round game against the Houston Texans. Cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive end Trevor Scott also are looking forward to theirs after four non-playoff years each.
Since he was a kid, the ultimate goal is to play in the Super Bowl and the only way to get to the Super Bowl is to make it to the playoffs, Lloyd said. This is a step along the way to the ultimate goal for all of us. For all the teams that have entered the playoffs, this is just the beginning.
The Patriots wide receiver was with the Washington Redskins when they got there in 2007 but missed the last eight regular-season games and a wild-card loss with a shoulder injury.
But he made a smart decision this offseason. The likelihood of making the playoffs with the Patriots contributed to his choice of signing as a free agent. There was a good chance that a team that had reached the postseason in nine of the past 11 years would get there again.
The San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams never got that far while Lloyd was there. So he had little interest in watching the playoffs while on vacation all those years.
If it was on the television in the hotel lobby or something he might take a peek, he said.
Lloyd, Scott and Talib all are eager for their first playoff action, hoping it will end with a trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
Their sense of urgency is there, said defensive back Devin McCourty, in the playoffs for the third time in his three NFL seasons. They understand that they've played ‘X' amount of years in this league. I know a guy like B-Lloyd can't wait to step on that field and play in the postseason. Usually there isn't much you have to say to those guys. They're gamers and they'll be ready to go.
Scott spent his first four seasons with the Oakland Raiders and never even had a winning record. He's contributed this season as a backup with three sacks in the past five games.
It's pretty different. I'm definitely excited, he said. I'm just happy to be where I am now.