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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy discount norpace cr We just keep working at it, buy discount norpace cr 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 norpace cr We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy discount norpace cr 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 norpace cr Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy discount norpace cr which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy discount norpace cr448 yards. Buy discount norpace cr That number appears safe, buy discount norpace cr barring an exceptional second half, buy discount norpace cr but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy discount norpace cr 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 norpace cr It could be a different standout every week, buy discount norpace cr either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

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Source: http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/2012/11/10/brandon-lloyd-hopes-for-big-half/yAbVT1LeiM3lvoBJvKY4WI/story.html