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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, awake patch 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, awake patch in us signed to a three-year, awake patch in us $12 million deal in the offseason, awake patch in us began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, awake patch in us eight the next week, awake patch in us then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

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

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

“It was two catches, awake patch in us” he said.

True, awake patch in us but both went for touchdowns. Awake patch in us Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, awake patch in us two touchdowns, awake patch in us” Lloyd said. Awake patch 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, awake patch in us but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Awake patch in us Halfway into his first season, awake patch in us it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, awake patch in us and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Awake patch in us We just keep working at it, awake patch 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. Awake patch in us We’re always trying to make those improvements. Awake patch 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, awake patch in us Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, awake patch in us which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, awake patch in us448 yards. Awake patch in us That number appears safe, awake patch in us barring an exceptional second half, awake patch in us but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, awake patch 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. Awake patch in us It could be a different standout every week, awake patch in us either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Awake patch in us 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