Six with 'Six'

Brandon Lloyd carried the nickname 'Six' with him to the 49ers because of his propensity for getting into the end zone. That's something he hopes to be doing frequently this season in his second year with the team. Here, Lloyd answers six spring questions about returning as one of the key figures on San Francisco's young corps of receivers.

Q: It's just your second year with the Niners, but do you already see some of the team's other young receivers looking up to you?

Lloyd: Yeah, I kind of know what I'm talking about now. So I'm kind of the person that the young guys are asking questions on how to run routes, and what to do and what not to do. It feels good. It's good to help. We're only as good as our worst person, so it's good.

Q: Doesn't it seem kind of soon in your career for the young guys to be asking you how to do it?

Lloyd: Not at all. I know what I'm talking about, you know what I mean? We've got good coaches here. I feel that I know what I'm talking about. I might not be able to necessarily do it, but I know that I'm talking about. We've got coaching and everything will come together.

Q: How difficult is it to pick up the playbook when you hit the ground running like this in the spring?

Lloyd: I was pretty good because we ran this offense in college. So I was really more worried about releases and techniques more than how to run the routes because I knew how to do it from college. It's a new experience and I tell the (young) guys we all felt like this. So don't be shy. Don't feel like your terrible.

Q: Is it important to you during spring minicamps to assert yourself as the primary receiver on this team?

Lloyd: No, just to assert myself as a consistent receiver. Once I establish myself, establish consistency, then everything will come along with that.

Q: Because of the turnover at receiver, do you think there will be a more equal distribution of the ball in the passing game?

Lloyd: That's why we want to develop our young guys. We just don't want to have me, Ced (Wilson) and Arnaz (Battle), or me and (Rashaun) Woods. We want everybody to be contributing factors to this team. That's how the West Coast Offense works. I mean, we saw last year, we just can't force the ball to one person and hope to win. Everybody has to be contributing, everybody has to be a threat in the West Coast offense for us to be successful.

Q: It looks like you packed on some muscle since last year. How did your offseason workouts go?

Lloyd: They went real good. I actually put on about seven pounds from last season. I'm up to 192. It was a lot of hard work and I'm feeling good now. The (extra muscle) feels real good. I'm going to have more of an increased role, so that's going to be imperative so I can take more shots, take more hits and be able to recovery quickly.

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