Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, buy dramamine 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 dramamine signed to a three-year, buy dramamine $12 million deal in the offseason, buy dramamine began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, buy dramamine eight the next week, buy dramamine then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, buy dramamine 80-yard game at Seattle, buy dramamine Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Buy dramamine He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, buy dramamine including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Buy dramamine 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy dramamine Both, buy dramamine though, buy dramamine went for touchdowns, buy dramamine 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 dramamine can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy dramamine” he said.
True, buy dramamine but both went for touchdowns. Buy dramamine Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy dramamine two touchdowns, buy dramamine” Lloyd said. Buy dramamine “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy dramamine but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy dramamine Halfway into his first season, buy dramamine it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, buy dramamine and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, buy dramamine in the spring, buy dramamine that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, buy dramamine ‘All right, buy dramamine we got it, buy dramamine’ because we still have so much work to do, buy dramamine” Lloyd said. Buy dramamine “We’re working hard to improve on that, buy dramamine week by week and day by day, buy dramamine but it’s a group effort, buy dramamine and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy dramamine We just keep working at it, buy dramamine 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 dramamine We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy dramamine 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 dramamine Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy dramamine which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy dramamine448 yards. Buy dramamine That number appears safe, buy dramamine barring an exceptional second half, buy dramamine but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy dramamine 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 dramamine It could be a different standout every week, buy dramamine either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy dramamine regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy dramamine I’ve never been declared a No. Buy dramamine 1 target, buy dramamine like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy dramamine where it’s clear, buy dramamine” said Lloyd, buy dramamine who is in his 10th season, buy dramamine but is already on his sixth organization. Buy dramamine “Coming to a team like this, buy dramamine it’s natural for me, buy dramamine to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy dramamine I’ll be available for him. Buy dramamine They want me to be open, buy dramamine and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy dramamine Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy dramamine What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy dramamine working mostly on the outside, buy dramamine 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 dramamine when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy dramamine Impressive, buy dramamine but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy dramamine when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy dramamine they mean more, buy dramamine they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy dramamine coming into November and December, buy dramamine” Lloyd said. Buy dramamine “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy dramamine so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy dramamine stuff that you can improve on.”
Michael Whitmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Buy dramamine Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.