The Patriots' plans for 2013 continue to take shape and Brandon Lloyd isn’t currently part of them.

A league source told me at the NFL Combine that Lloyd isn’t even on the Patriots projected depth chart for 2013 despite having signed a three-year, $12 million deal last offseason.

How does a guy go from the plum free-agent signing less than a year ago, put up a 74-catch, 911-yard season and wind up on the verge of being thrown overboard?

It may boil down to this. After I’d had my second odd and contentious encounter with Lloyd in a locker room, I asked a Patriot for his impression of the wideout. “Weiirrrdddd.”

Hey, I’m weird. You’re weird. We’re all weird in our own ways. Weird ain’t a prosecutable offense. But when weird becomes a distraction or an impediment to smooth business operations, then weird is a problem.