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Lloyd's Forte: 'Long Ball Adjustments'

Brandon Lloyd played nine holes in Mark Brunell's charity golf tournament at Lowes Island on Monday but was sheepish when asked to discuss how he fared.

"Let's not get into that," Lloyd joked with reporters at Redskins Park. "I feel like I left my golf game in California."

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What the 24-year-old wide receiver was effusive about, though, was his place in the Redskins' offense and the direction of his new NFL team.

"The trade's done, the contract's done, so now it's time to get down to the business of winning games," the 6-0, 192-pound Lloyd insisted.

After three years in San Francisco, Lloyd came to the Redskins this offseason in a trade involving two draft picks. Over the weekend Washington and the talented wide receiver out of Illinois entered into a seven-year contract extension.

Lloyd, coming off his best NFL season, led the 49ers of 2005 in receptions (48), receiving yards (733) and touchdowns (five).

Once a high school teammate of the Redskins' Ladell Betts in Blue Springs, Mo., Lloyd comes to Washington at a time when his career really has a chance to take off.

He understands it's the little things that can separate the exceptional wide receivers from the rest of the pack. Toward that end, Lloyd insists he'll be out there giving extra effort in 2006 and it sounds as though he possesses something of an old-school approach to his job.

"I'm willing to do the things to get the ball maybe some other guys in the league aren't--diving, jumping, whatever to get my hands on the ball," Lloyd added. "That's what the league needs and it's something we've maybe gotten away from a little bit."

Said Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs: "Brandon's a graceful downfield receiver. He has a great knack for long ball adjustments. We picture him as a good outside receiver with quick, smooth skills and the ability to make downfield adjustments to the ball."

So far, Lloyd has been trying to figure out Northern Virginia and get to know more of his new teammates, such as Brunell, Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El, another newcomer.

Lloyd says he's picked up a lot of new ideas from Moss in terms of his route-running abilities.

"You never stop learning," Lloyd insisted. "Look at Santana. He's been to the Pro Bowl but he still wants to learn more about this game. It's all about asking questions and constantly trying to improve.

"As far as my skill level, I'm just another piece of the puzzle here. From here on in, it's all about trying to win games. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."

Over the next seven years, the Redskins expect, Lloyd will continue to improve his game. And if he has to cut his golf game short, as was the case on Monday, so be it.

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