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

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

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

“It was two catches, buy discount aceon” he said.

True, buy discount aceon but both went for touchdowns. Buy discount aceon Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, buy discount aceon two touchdowns, buy discount aceon” Lloyd said. Buy discount aceon “We still have a lot of work to do.”

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

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy discount aceon We just keep working at it, buy discount aceon 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 discount aceon We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy discount aceon 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 discount aceon Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy discount aceon which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy discount aceon448 yards. Buy discount aceon That number appears safe, buy discount aceon barring an exceptional second half, buy discount aceon but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy discount aceon 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 discount aceon It could be a different standout every week, buy discount aceon either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Buy discount aceon 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