Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, buy accupril 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, buy accupril signed to a three-year, buy accupril $12 million deal in the offseason, buy accupril began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, buy accupril eight the next week, buy accupril then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, buy accupril 80-yard game at Seattle, buy accupril Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Buy accupril He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, buy accupril including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Buy accupril 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy accupril Both, buy accupril though, buy accupril went for touchdowns, buy accupril 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, buy accupril can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy accupril” he said.
True, buy accupril but both went for touchdowns. Buy accupril Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy accupril two touchdowns, buy accupril” Lloyd said. Buy accupril “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy accupril but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy accupril Halfway into his first season, buy accupril it remains very much a work in progress.
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“I think I said earlier, buy accupril in the spring, buy accupril that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, buy accupril ‘All right, buy accupril we got it, buy accupril’ because we still have so much work to do, buy accupril” Lloyd said. Buy accupril “We’re working hard to improve on that, buy accupril week by week and day by day, buy accupril but it’s a group effort, buy accupril and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy accupril We just keep working at it, buy accupril 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. Buy accupril We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy accupril 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, buy accupril Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy accupril which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy accupril448 yards. Buy accupril That number appears safe, buy accupril barring an exceptional second half, buy accupril but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy accupril 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. Buy accupril It could be a different standout every week, buy accupril either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy accupril regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy accupril I’ve never been declared a No. Buy accupril 1 target, buy accupril like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy accupril where it’s clear, buy accupril” said Lloyd, buy accupril who is in his 10th season, buy accupril but is already on his sixth organization. Buy accupril “Coming to a team like this, buy accupril it’s natural for me, buy accupril to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy accupril I’ll be available for him. Buy accupril They want me to be open, buy accupril and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy accupril Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy accupril What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy accupril working mostly on the outside, buy accupril 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, buy accupril when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy accupril Impressive, buy accupril but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy accupril when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy accupril they mean more, buy accupril they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy accupril coming into November and December, buy accupril” Lloyd said. Buy accupril “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy accupril so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy accupril stuff that you can improve on.”
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