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Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, altace in us 2012
FOXBOROUGH — He might be able to leap over a moving car — more on that later — but receiver Brandon Lloyd is hoping the second half of the Patriots’ season finds him jumping into the end zone more often.
Lloyd, altace in us signed to a three-year, altace in us $12 million deal in the offseason, altace in us began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, altace in us eight the next week, altace in us then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, altace in us 80-yard game at Seattle, altace in us Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Altace in us He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, altace in us including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Altace in us 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Altace in us Both, altace in us though, altace in us went for touchdowns, altace in us possibly a positive sign as the Patriots get set to come off their bye week with a home game on Sunday with the Bills.
Despite the week off, altace in us can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, altace in us” he said.
True, altace in us but both went for touchdowns. Altace in us Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, altace in us two touchdowns, altace in us” Lloyd said. Altace in us “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, altace in us but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Altace in us Halfway into his first season, altace in us it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, altace in us and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, altace in us in the spring, altace in us that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, altace in us ‘All right, altace in us we got it, altace in us’ because we still have so much work to do, altace in us” Lloyd said. Altace in us “We’re working hard to improve on that, altace in us week by week and day by day, altace in us but it’s a group effort, altace in us and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Altace in us We just keep working at it, altace in us so we go out there in practice and we work on things and Coach [Bill Belichick] tells us things that we need to do better. Altace in us We’re always trying to make those improvements. Altace in us I think you just have to keep going out there to work at it and see if it can be better each day.”
With 37 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns, altace in us Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, altace in us which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, altace in us448 yards. Altace in us That number appears safe, altace in us barring an exceptional second half, altace in us but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, altace in us combining with receiver Wes Welker and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to give Brady plenty of powerful options through the air.
That’s the great aspect of the Patriots’ offense. Altace in us It could be a different standout every week, altace in us either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, altace in us regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, altace in us I’ve never been declared a No. Altace in us 1 target, altace in us like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, altace in us where it’s clear, altace in us” said Lloyd, altace in us who is in his 10th season, altace in us but is already on his sixth organization. Altace in us “Coming to a team like this, altace in us it’s natural for me, altace in us to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, altace in us I’ll be available for him. Altace in us They want me to be open, altace in us and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, altace in us Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Altace in us What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, altace in us working mostly on the outside, altace in us using his speed and jumping ability to make plays downfield.
That jumping ability was on display in a video that surfaced this week from over the summer, altace in us when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Altace in us Impressive, altace in us but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, altace in us when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, altace in us they mean more, altace in us they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, altace in us coming into November and December, altace in us” Lloyd said. Altace in us “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, altace in us so you have stuff you can look forward to, altace in us stuff that you can improve on.”
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