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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 zyban cod Both, buy zyban cod though, buy zyban cod went for touchdowns, buy zyban cod 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 zyban cod can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
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Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy zyban cod We just keep working at it, buy zyban cod 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 zyban cod We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy zyban cod 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 zyban cod Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy zyban cod which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy zyban cod448 yards. Buy zyban cod That number appears safe, buy zyban cod barring an exceptional second half, buy zyban cod but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy zyban cod 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 zyban cod It could be a different standout every week, buy zyban cod either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
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Targeted 69 times this season, buy zyban cod Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy zyban cod What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy zyban cod working mostly on the outside, buy zyban cod 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 zyban cod when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy zyban cod Impressive, buy zyban cod but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy zyban cod when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy zyban cod they mean more, buy zyban cod they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy zyban cod coming into November and December, buy zyban cod” Lloyd said. Buy zyban cod “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy zyban cod so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy zyban cod stuff that you can improve on.”
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