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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy discount green tea We just keep working at it, buy discount green tea 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 green tea We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy discount green tea 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 green tea Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy discount green tea which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy discount green tea448 yards. Buy discount green tea That number appears safe, buy discount green tea barring an exceptional second half, buy discount green tea but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy discount green tea 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 green tea It could be a different standout every week, buy discount green tea either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Buy discount green tea Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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