Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find detrol 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 detrol signed to a three-year, find detrol $12 million deal in the offseason, find detrol began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find detrol eight the next week, find detrol then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find detrol 80-yard game at Seattle, find detrol Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find detrol He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find detrol including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find detrol 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find detrol Both, find detrol though, find detrol went for touchdowns, find detrol 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 detrol can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find detrol” he said.
True, find detrol but both went for touchdowns. Find detrol Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find detrol two touchdowns, find detrol” Lloyd said. Find detrol “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find detrol but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find detrol Halfway into his first season, find detrol it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find detrol and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find detrol in the spring, find detrol that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find detrol ‘All right, find detrol we got it, find detrol’ because we still have so much work to do, find detrol” Lloyd said. Find detrol “We’re working hard to improve on that, find detrol week by week and day by day, find detrol but it’s a group effort, find detrol and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find detrol We just keep working at it, find detrol 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 detrol We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find detrol 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 detrol Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find detrol which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find detrol448 yards. Find detrol That number appears safe, find detrol barring an exceptional second half, find detrol but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find detrol 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 detrol It could be a different standout every week, find detrol either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find detrol regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find detrol I’ve never been declared a No. Find detrol 1 target, find detrol like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find detrol where it’s clear, find detrol” said Lloyd, find detrol who is in his 10th season, find detrol but is already on his sixth organization. Find detrol “Coming to a team like this, find detrol it’s natural for me, find detrol to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find detrol I’ll be available for him. Find detrol They want me to be open, find detrol and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find detrol Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find detrol What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find detrol working mostly on the outside, find detrol 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 detrol when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find detrol Impressive, find detrol but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find detrol when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find detrol they mean more, find detrol they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find detrol coming into November and December, find detrol” Lloyd said. Find detrol “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find detrol so you have stuff you can look forward to, find detrol stuff that you can improve on.”
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