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

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

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

“It was two catches, flexisyn free sample” he said.

True, flexisyn free sample but both went for touchdowns. Flexisyn free sample Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, flexisyn free sample two touchdowns, flexisyn free sample” Lloyd said. Flexisyn free sample “We still have a lot of work to do.”

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

For Lloyd, flexisyn free sample and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Flexisyn free sample We just keep working at it, flexisyn free sample 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. Flexisyn free sample We’re always trying to make those improvements. Flexisyn free sample 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, flexisyn free sample Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, flexisyn free sample which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, flexisyn free sample448 yards. Flexisyn free sample That number appears safe, flexisyn free sample barring an exceptional second half, flexisyn free sample but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, flexisyn free sample 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. Flexisyn free sample It could be a different standout every week, flexisyn free sample either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

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Source: http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/2012/11/10/brandon-lloyd-hopes-for-big-half/yAbVT1LeiM3lvoBJvKY4WI/story.html