Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, buy zithromax 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 zithromax signed to a three-year, buy zithromax $12 million deal in the offseason, buy zithromax began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, buy zithromax eight the next week, buy zithromax then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, buy zithromax 80-yard game at Seattle, buy zithromax Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Buy zithromax He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, buy zithromax including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Buy zithromax 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy zithromax Both, buy zithromax though, buy zithromax went for touchdowns, buy zithromax 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 zithromax can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy zithromax” he said.
True, buy zithromax but both went for touchdowns. Buy zithromax Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy zithromax two touchdowns, buy zithromax” Lloyd said. Buy zithromax “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy zithromax but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy zithromax Halfway into his first season, buy zithromax it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, buy zithromax and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, buy zithromax in the spring, buy zithromax that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, buy zithromax ‘All right, buy zithromax we got it, buy zithromax’ because we still have so much work to do, buy zithromax” Lloyd said. Buy zithromax “We’re working hard to improve on that, buy zithromax week by week and day by day, buy zithromax but it’s a group effort, buy zithromax and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy zithromax We just keep working at it, buy zithromax 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 zithromax We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy zithromax 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 zithromax Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy zithromax which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy zithromax448 yards. Buy zithromax That number appears safe, buy zithromax barring an exceptional second half, buy zithromax but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy zithromax 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 zithromax It could be a different standout every week, buy zithromax either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy zithromax regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy zithromax I’ve never been declared a No. Buy zithromax 1 target, buy zithromax like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy zithromax where it’s clear, buy zithromax” said Lloyd, buy zithromax who is in his 10th season, buy zithromax but is already on his sixth organization. Buy zithromax “Coming to a team like this, buy zithromax it’s natural for me, buy zithromax to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy zithromax I’ll be available for him. Buy zithromax They want me to be open, buy zithromax and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy zithromax Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy zithromax What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy zithromax working mostly on the outside, buy zithromax 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 zithromax when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy zithromax Impressive, buy zithromax but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy zithromax when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy zithromax they mean more, buy zithromax they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy zithromax coming into November and December, buy zithromax” Lloyd said. Buy zithromax “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy zithromax so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy zithromax stuff that you can improve on.”
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