Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find lanoxin 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 lanoxin signed to a three-year, find lanoxin $12 million deal in the offseason, find lanoxin began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find lanoxin eight the next week, find lanoxin then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find lanoxin 80-yard game at Seattle, find lanoxin Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find lanoxin He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find lanoxin including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find lanoxin 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find lanoxin Both, find lanoxin though, find lanoxin went for touchdowns, find lanoxin 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 lanoxin can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find lanoxin” he said.
True, find lanoxin but both went for touchdowns. Find lanoxin Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find lanoxin two touchdowns, find lanoxin” Lloyd said. Find lanoxin “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find lanoxin but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find lanoxin Halfway into his first season, find lanoxin it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find lanoxin and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find lanoxin in the spring, find lanoxin that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find lanoxin ‘All right, find lanoxin we got it, find lanoxin’ because we still have so much work to do, find lanoxin” Lloyd said. Find lanoxin “We’re working hard to improve on that, find lanoxin week by week and day by day, find lanoxin but it’s a group effort, find lanoxin and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find lanoxin We just keep working at it, find lanoxin 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 lanoxin We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find lanoxin 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 lanoxin Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find lanoxin which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find lanoxin448 yards. Find lanoxin That number appears safe, find lanoxin barring an exceptional second half, find lanoxin but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find lanoxin 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 lanoxin It could be a different standout every week, find lanoxin either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find lanoxin regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find lanoxin I’ve never been declared a No. Find lanoxin 1 target, find lanoxin like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find lanoxin where it’s clear, find lanoxin” said Lloyd, find lanoxin who is in his 10th season, find lanoxin but is already on his sixth organization. Find lanoxin “Coming to a team like this, find lanoxin it’s natural for me, find lanoxin to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find lanoxin I’ll be available for him. Find lanoxin They want me to be open, find lanoxin and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find lanoxin Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find lanoxin What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find lanoxin working mostly on the outside, find lanoxin 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 lanoxin when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find lanoxin Impressive, find lanoxin but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find lanoxin when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find lanoxin they mean more, find lanoxin they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find lanoxin coming into November and December, find lanoxin” Lloyd said. Find lanoxin “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find lanoxin so you have stuff you can look forward to, find lanoxin stuff that you can improve on.”
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