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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
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

“It was two catches, buy discount artane two touchdowns, buy discount artane” Lloyd said. Buy discount artane “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 artane but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy discount artane Halfway into his first season, buy discount artane it remains very much a work in progress.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy discount artane We just keep working at it, buy discount artane 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 artane We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy discount artane 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 artane Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy discount artane which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy discount artane448 yards. Buy discount artane That number appears safe, buy discount artane barring an exceptional second half, buy discount artane but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy discount artane 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 artane It could be a different standout every week, buy discount artane either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

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