Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find paroxetine 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 paroxetine signed to a three-year, find paroxetine $12 million deal in the offseason, find paroxetine began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find paroxetine eight the next week, find paroxetine then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find paroxetine 80-yard game at Seattle, find paroxetine Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find paroxetine He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find paroxetine including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find paroxetine 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find paroxetine Both, find paroxetine though, find paroxetine went for touchdowns, find paroxetine 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 paroxetine can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find paroxetine” he said.
True, find paroxetine but both went for touchdowns. Find paroxetine Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find paroxetine two touchdowns, find paroxetine” Lloyd said. Find paroxetine “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find paroxetine but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find paroxetine Halfway into his first season, find paroxetine it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find paroxetine and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find paroxetine in the spring, find paroxetine that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find paroxetine ‘All right, find paroxetine we got it, find paroxetine’ because we still have so much work to do, find paroxetine” Lloyd said. Find paroxetine “We’re working hard to improve on that, find paroxetine week by week and day by day, find paroxetine but it’s a group effort, find paroxetine and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find paroxetine We just keep working at it, find paroxetine 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 paroxetine We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find paroxetine 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 paroxetine Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find paroxetine which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find paroxetine448 yards. Find paroxetine That number appears safe, find paroxetine barring an exceptional second half, find paroxetine but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find paroxetine 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 paroxetine It could be a different standout every week, find paroxetine either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find paroxetine regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find paroxetine I’ve never been declared a No. Find paroxetine 1 target, find paroxetine like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find paroxetine where it’s clear, find paroxetine” said Lloyd, find paroxetine who is in his 10th season, find paroxetine but is already on his sixth organization. Find paroxetine “Coming to a team like this, find paroxetine it’s natural for me, find paroxetine to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find paroxetine I’ll be available for him. Find paroxetine They want me to be open, find paroxetine and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find paroxetine Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find paroxetine What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find paroxetine working mostly on the outside, find paroxetine 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 paroxetine when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find paroxetine Impressive, find paroxetine but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find paroxetine when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find paroxetine they mean more, find paroxetine they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find paroxetine coming into November and December, find paroxetine” Lloyd said. Find paroxetine “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find paroxetine so you have stuff you can look forward to, find paroxetine stuff that you can improve on.”
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