Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
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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.
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His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy clomid Both, buy clomid though, buy clomid went for touchdowns, buy clomid 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 clomid can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy clomid” he said.
True, buy clomid but both went for touchdowns. Buy clomid Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy clomid two touchdowns, buy clomid” Lloyd said. Buy clomid “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy clomid but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy clomid Halfway into his first season, buy clomid it remains very much a work in progress.
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Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy clomid We just keep working at it, buy clomid 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 clomid We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy clomid 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 clomid Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy clomid which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy clomid448 yards. Buy clomid That number appears safe, buy clomid barring an exceptional second half, buy clomid but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy clomid 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 clomid It could be a different standout every week, buy clomid either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy clomid regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy clomid I’ve never been declared a No. Buy clomid 1 target, buy clomid like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy clomid where it’s clear, buy clomid” said Lloyd, buy clomid who is in his 10th season, buy clomid but is already on his sixth organization. Buy clomid “Coming to a team like this, buy clomid it’s natural for me, buy clomid to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy clomid I’ll be available for him. Buy clomid They want me to be open, buy clomid and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy clomid Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy clomid What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy clomid working mostly on the outside, buy clomid 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 clomid when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy clomid Impressive, buy clomid but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy clomid when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy clomid they mean more, buy clomid they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy clomid coming into November and December, buy clomid” Lloyd said. Buy clomid “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy clomid so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy clomid stuff that you can improve on.”
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