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.
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His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy prednisone Both, buy prednisone though, buy prednisone went for touchdowns, buy prednisone 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 prednisone can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy prednisone” he said.
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Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy prednisone We just keep working at it, buy prednisone 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 prednisone We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy prednisone 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 prednisone Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy prednisone which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy prednisone448 yards. Buy prednisone That number appears safe, buy prednisone barring an exceptional second half, buy prednisone but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy prednisone combining with receiver Wes Welker and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to give Brady plenty of powerful options through the air.
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Targeted 69 times this season, buy prednisone Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy prednisone What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy prednisone working mostly on the outside, buy prednisone 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 prednisone when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy prednisone Impressive, buy prednisone but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy prednisone when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
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