Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, differin 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, differin signed to a three-year, differin $12 million deal in the offseason, differin began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, differin eight the next week, differin then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, differin 80-yard game at Seattle, differin Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Differin He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, differin including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Differin 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Differin Both, differin though, differin went for touchdowns, differin 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, differin can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, differin” he said.
True, differin but both went for touchdowns. Differin Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, differin two touchdowns, differin” Lloyd said. Differin “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, differin but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Differin Halfway into his first season, differin it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, differin and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, differin in the spring, differin that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, differin ‘All right, differin we got it, differin’ because we still have so much work to do, differin” Lloyd said. Differin “We’re working hard to improve on that, differin week by week and day by day, differin but it’s a group effort, differin and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Differin We just keep working at it, differin 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. Differin We’re always trying to make those improvements. Differin 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, differin Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, differin which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, differin448 yards. Differin That number appears safe, differin barring an exceptional second half, differin but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, differin 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. Differin It could be a different standout every week, differin either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, differin regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, differin I’ve never been declared a No. Differin 1 target, differin like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, differin where it’s clear, differin” said Lloyd, differin who is in his 10th season, differin but is already on his sixth organization. Differin “Coming to a team like this, differin it’s natural for me, differin to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, differin I’ll be available for him. Differin They want me to be open, differin and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, differin Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Differin What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, differin working mostly on the outside, differin 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, differin when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Differin Impressive, differin but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, differin when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, differin they mean more, differin they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, differin coming into November and December, differin” Lloyd said. Differin “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, differin so you have stuff you can look forward to, differin stuff that you can improve on.”
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