Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, buy floxin 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 floxin signed to a three-year, buy floxin $12 million deal in the offseason, buy floxin began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, buy floxin eight the next week, buy floxin then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, buy floxin 80-yard game at Seattle, buy floxin Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Buy floxin He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, buy floxin including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Buy floxin 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy floxin Both, buy floxin though, buy floxin went for touchdowns, buy floxin 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 floxin can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy floxin” he said.
True, buy floxin but both went for touchdowns. Buy floxin Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy floxin two touchdowns, buy floxin” Lloyd said. Buy floxin “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy floxin but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy floxin Halfway into his first season, buy floxin it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, buy floxin and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, buy floxin in the spring, buy floxin that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, buy floxin ‘All right, buy floxin we got it, buy floxin’ because we still have so much work to do, buy floxin” Lloyd said. Buy floxin “We’re working hard to improve on that, buy floxin week by week and day by day, buy floxin but it’s a group effort, buy floxin and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy floxin We just keep working at it, buy floxin 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 floxin We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy floxin 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 floxin Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy floxin which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy floxin448 yards. Buy floxin That number appears safe, buy floxin barring an exceptional second half, buy floxin but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy floxin 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 floxin It could be a different standout every week, buy floxin either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy floxin regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy floxin I’ve never been declared a No. Buy floxin 1 target, buy floxin like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy floxin where it’s clear, buy floxin” said Lloyd, buy floxin who is in his 10th season, buy floxin but is already on his sixth organization. Buy floxin “Coming to a team like this, buy floxin it’s natural for me, buy floxin to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy floxin I’ll be available for him. Buy floxin They want me to be open, buy floxin and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy floxin Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy floxin What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy floxin working mostly on the outside, buy floxin 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 floxin when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy floxin Impressive, buy floxin but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy floxin when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy floxin they mean more, buy floxin they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy floxin coming into November and December, buy floxin” Lloyd said. Buy floxin “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy floxin so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy floxin stuff that you can improve on.”
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