Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find cordarone 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, find cordarone signed to a three-year, find cordarone $12 million deal in the offseason, find cordarone began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find cordarone eight the next week, find cordarone then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find cordarone 80-yard game at Seattle, find cordarone Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find cordarone He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find cordarone including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find cordarone 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find cordarone Both, find cordarone though, find cordarone went for touchdowns, find cordarone 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 cordarone can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find cordarone” he said.
True, find cordarone but both went for touchdowns. Find cordarone Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find cordarone two touchdowns, find cordarone” Lloyd said. Find cordarone “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find cordarone but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find cordarone Halfway into his first season, find cordarone it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find cordarone and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find cordarone in the spring, find cordarone that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find cordarone ‘All right, find cordarone we got it, find cordarone’ because we still have so much work to do, find cordarone” Lloyd said. Find cordarone “We’re working hard to improve on that, find cordarone week by week and day by day, find cordarone but it’s a group effort, find cordarone and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find cordarone We just keep working at it, find cordarone 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 cordarone We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find cordarone 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 cordarone Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find cordarone which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find cordarone448 yards. Find cordarone That number appears safe, find cordarone barring an exceptional second half, find cordarone but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find cordarone 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 cordarone It could be a different standout every week, find cordarone either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find cordarone regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find cordarone I’ve never been declared a No. Find cordarone 1 target, find cordarone like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find cordarone where it’s clear, find cordarone” said Lloyd, find cordarone who is in his 10th season, find cordarone but is already on his sixth organization. Find cordarone “Coming to a team like this, find cordarone it’s natural for me, find cordarone to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find cordarone I’ll be available for him. Find cordarone They want me to be open, find cordarone and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find cordarone Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find cordarone What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find cordarone working mostly on the outside, find cordarone 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 cordarone when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find cordarone Impressive, find cordarone but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find cordarone when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find cordarone they mean more, find cordarone they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find cordarone coming into November and December, find cordarone” Lloyd said. Find cordarone “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find cordarone so you have stuff you can look forward to, find cordarone stuff that you can improve on.”
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