SANTA CLARA — Brandon Lloyd was interviewed Tuesday afternoon outside of the 49ers’ locker room. Here’s a transcript.
Q: Do you feel like the year off last year is a non-factor?
Q: Dontae Johnson said you’re a very precise route runner. Has that always been one of your best attributes?
LLOYD: That’s what people say. Going against the defensive backs and there not being a lot of dialogue about what we do technically, the best thing I can do is be consistent with them and then they can pick up on that and improve on that. That was one of the things when I came in and was talking with Chris Cook, I told him I would throw everything I have at him and we’ll all get better as we move.
Q: You’ve been getting high marks. After spending a year away from the game, did you expect to make an impact this quickly?
LLOYD: It’s just practice for now. I expected to come in and give 100 percent and do the best I can do and that’s what I’m doing so far.
Q: Is this training camp different for you mentally?
LLOYD: No, I put the same amount of pressure on myself as I did when I was younger as far as going to another or beginning in the league. There would always be a couple of things I would say to myself — not to let the playbook defeat me, to give maximum effort every time and to make the plays. I just follow those steps and I’ve done that for the last 10 training camps.
Q: What’s your impression of Colin Kaepernick?
LLOYD: I think that Colin has a lot of tools. He has an incredible desire to get better, and that’s at everything, from training in the weight room to his film study to coming out on the field and trying to get better at throwing a particular route that we may miss.
Q: When you guys are doing the film sessions how vocal is he?
LLOYD: Sometimes he will speak up in the meetings and give his expectations for landmarks and locations of the ball. He’ll have the floor in the meeting and be able to discuss what he sees and what he expects out of the plays.
Q: Is that something Tom Brady would do, too?
LLOYD: I don’t remember.
Q: Why did you come back to the 49ers? Did you explore any other options?
LLOYD: I didn’t explore any other options.
Q: What drove you to come here?
LLOYD: We had discussed me coming back here the last couple times I was a free agent. I’ve always wanted to explore my options to come back and play for San Francisco. The first time I was here, the team wasn’t winning like the teams in the past that made people fall in love with the 49ers. When I was younger, I was in love with the winning attitude, culture that the team had. When I was finally able to play for the team, it no longer had that. Now the team does have that and San Francisco has always held a special place in my heart. So I didn’t explore any other options. I wanted to return to San Francisco and maybe bring a certain amount of closure to my career.
Q: You’re still the stretch-the-field guy. That’s your trademark. How have you been able to maintain that?
LLOYD: I don’t know. I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Q: You’ve been at it a long time and you still have the ability to get downfield and beat people over the top. Not many guys can do that after 10 years in the league. Is it offseason conditioning? Genetics?
LLOYD: I think it’s a combination of everything — offseason conditioning, genetics and play calling.
Q: As a former track athlete, is it fun for you to watch Lawrence Okoye?
LLOYD: I don’t know his history. I’ll have to talk to him.
Q: What do you think about the prospects of playing in the new stadium?
LLOYD: What do you mean?
Q: Your thoughts on ushering in the new era of 49er football?
LLOYD: I don’t have an opinion.
Q: What’s your impression of this offense?
LLOYD: There is a lot of similar play calls from the West Coast offense, and route combinations. We ran the traditional West Coast Offense at Illinois. 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. And then being with the 49ers my first three years in the league where we were running the traditional West Coast Offense, there are a lot of similarities. It’s been good picking it up. There also are a lot of nuances and formations that are the curve balls within the offense. There are a lot of details, so it hasn’t been easy but I’ve been enjoying the process.
Q: What have you seen from this receiving corps?
LLOYD: There is a lot of diversity in how each one of us gets open and how we approach route running and how we approach catching the ball. It has been fun for me to see the practice habits and to watch the game film of them being successful on other teams, and then Crabtree with this team. It’s a lot of different techniques and styles, and I can really appreciate that being that I do have to use releases. I pride myself on route running and catching the ball so it’s been fun watching those guys.