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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
November 9, find shoot online 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 shoot online signed to a three-year, find shoot online $12 million deal in the offseason, find shoot online began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find shoot online eight the next week, find shoot online then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

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

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

“It was two catches, find shoot online” he said.

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

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

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

For Lloyd, find shoot online and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find shoot online We just keep working at it, find shoot online 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 shoot online We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find shoot online 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 shoot online Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find shoot online which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find shoot online448 yards. Find shoot online That number appears safe, find shoot online barring an exceptional second half, find shoot online but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find shoot online 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 shoot online It could be a different standout every week, find shoot online either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Find shoot online 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