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Brandon Lloyd caught two passes in the Patriots’ last game two weeks ago — both for TDs.
Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, atrovent free sample 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, atrovent free sample signed to a three-year, atrovent free sample $12 million deal in the offseason, atrovent free sample began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, atrovent free sample eight the next week, atrovent free sample then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

Save for a six-catch, atrovent free sample 80-yard game at Seattle, atrovent free sample Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Atrovent free sample He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, atrovent free sample including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Atrovent free sample 21.

His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Atrovent free sample Both, atrovent free sample though, atrovent free sample went for touchdowns, atrovent free sample 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, atrovent free sample can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?

“It was two catches, atrovent free sample” he said.

True, atrovent free sample but both went for touchdowns. Atrovent free sample Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, atrovent free sample two touchdowns, atrovent free sample” Lloyd said. Atrovent free sample “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, atrovent free sample but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Atrovent free sample Halfway into his first season, atrovent free sample it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, atrovent free sample and for Brady.

“I think I said earlier, atrovent free sample in the spring, atrovent free sample that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, atrovent free sample ‘All right, atrovent free sample we got it, atrovent free sample’ because we still have so much work to do, atrovent free sample” Lloyd said. Atrovent free sample “We’re working hard to improve on that, atrovent free sample week by week and day by day, atrovent free sample but it’s a group effort, atrovent free sample and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Atrovent free sample We just keep working at it, atrovent free sample 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. Atrovent free sample We’re always trying to make those improvements. Atrovent free sample 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, atrovent free sample Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, atrovent free sample which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, atrovent free sample448 yards. Atrovent free sample That number appears safe, atrovent free sample barring an exceptional second half, atrovent free sample but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, atrovent free sample 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. Atrovent free sample It could be a different standout every week, atrovent free sample either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

“The teams that I’ve been on, atrovent free sample regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, atrovent free sample I’ve never been declared a No. Atrovent free sample 1 target, atrovent free sample like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, atrovent free sample where it’s clear, atrovent free sample” said Lloyd, atrovent free sample who is in his 10th season, atrovent free sample but is already on his sixth organization. Atrovent free sample “Coming to a team like this, atrovent free sample it’s natural for me, atrovent free sample to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, atrovent free sample I’ll be available for him. Atrovent free sample They want me to be open, atrovent free sample and they want me to catch the ball.”

Targeted 69 times this season, atrovent free sample Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Atrovent free sample What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, atrovent free sample working mostly on the outside, atrovent free sample 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, atrovent free sample when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Atrovent free sample Impressive, atrovent free sample but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, atrovent free sample when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.

“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, atrovent free sample they mean more, atrovent free sample they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, atrovent free sample coming into November and December, atrovent free sample” Lloyd said. Atrovent free sample “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, atrovent free sample so you have stuff you can look forward to, atrovent free sample stuff that you can improve on.”

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Atrovent free sample Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

Source: http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/2012/11/10/brandon-lloyd-hopes-for-big-half/yAbVT1LeiM3lvoBJvKY4WI/story.html