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Brandon Lloyd caught two passes in the Patriots’ last game two weeks ago — both for TDs.
Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, cystone free sample 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, cystone free sample signed to a three-year, cystone free sample $12 million deal in the offseason, cystone free sample began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, cystone free sample eight the next week, cystone free sample then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

Save for a six-catch, cystone free sample 80-yard game at Seattle, cystone free sample Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Cystone free sample He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, cystone free sample including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Cystone free sample 21.

His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Cystone free sample Both, cystone free sample though, cystone free sample went for touchdowns, cystone free sample 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, cystone free sample can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?

“It was two catches, cystone free sample” he said.

True, cystone free sample but both went for touchdowns. Cystone free sample Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, cystone free sample two touchdowns, cystone free sample” Lloyd said. Cystone free sample “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, cystone free sample but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Cystone free sample Halfway into his first season, cystone free sample it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, cystone free sample and for Brady.

“I think I said earlier, cystone free sample in the spring, cystone free sample that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, cystone free sample ‘All right, cystone free sample we got it, cystone free sample’ because we still have so much work to do, cystone free sample” Lloyd said. Cystone free sample “We’re working hard to improve on that, cystone free sample week by week and day by day, cystone free sample but it’s a group effort, cystone free sample and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Cystone free sample We just keep working at it, cystone free sample 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. Cystone free sample We’re always trying to make those improvements. Cystone free sample 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, cystone free sample Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, cystone free sample which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, cystone free sample448 yards. Cystone free sample That number appears safe, cystone free sample barring an exceptional second half, cystone free sample but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, cystone free sample 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. Cystone free sample It could be a different standout every week, cystone free sample either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

“The teams that I’ve been on, cystone free sample regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, cystone free sample I’ve never been declared a No. Cystone free sample 1 target, cystone free sample like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, cystone free sample where it’s clear, cystone free sample” said Lloyd, cystone free sample who is in his 10th season, cystone free sample but is already on his sixth organization. Cystone free sample “Coming to a team like this, cystone free sample it’s natural for me, cystone free sample to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, cystone free sample I’ll be available for him. Cystone free sample They want me to be open, cystone free sample and they want me to catch the ball.”

Targeted 69 times this season, cystone free sample Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Cystone free sample What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, cystone free sample working mostly on the outside, cystone free sample 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, cystone free sample when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Cystone free sample Impressive, cystone free sample but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, cystone free sample when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.

“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, cystone free sample they mean more, cystone free sample they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, cystone free sample coming into November and December, cystone free sample” Lloyd said. Cystone free sample “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, cystone free sample so you have stuff you can look forward to, cystone free sample stuff that you can improve on.”

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Cystone free sample Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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