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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
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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.

Lloyd, find confido cod signed to a three-year, find confido cod $12 million deal in the offseason, find confido cod began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find confido cod eight the next week, find confido cod then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

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

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

“It was two catches, find confido cod” he said.

True, find confido cod but both went for touchdowns. Find confido cod Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, find confido cod two touchdowns, find confido cod” Lloyd said. Find confido cod “We still have a lot of work to do.”

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

For Lloyd, find confido cod and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find confido cod We just keep working at it, find confido 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. Find confido cod We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find confido 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, find confido cod Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find confido cod which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find confido cod448 yards. Find confido cod That number appears safe, find confido cod barring an exceptional second half, find confido cod but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find confido 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. Find confido cod It could be a different standout every week, find confido cod either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Find confido cod Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

Source: http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/2012/11/10/brandon-lloyd-hopes-for-big-half/yAbVT1LeiM3lvoBJvKY4WI/story.html