Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free ceftin 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, free ceftin signed to a three-year, free ceftin $12 million deal in the offseason, free ceftin began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free ceftin eight the next week, free ceftin then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free ceftin 80-yard game at Seattle, free ceftin Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free ceftin He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free ceftin including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free ceftin 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free ceftin Both, free ceftin though, free ceftin went for touchdowns, free ceftin 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, free ceftin can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free ceftin” he said.
True, free ceftin but both went for touchdowns. Free ceftin Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free ceftin two touchdowns, free ceftin” Lloyd said. Free ceftin “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free ceftin but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free ceftin Halfway into his first season, free ceftin it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, free ceftin and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, free ceftin in the spring, free ceftin that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free ceftin ‘All right, free ceftin we got it, free ceftin’ because we still have so much work to do, free ceftin” Lloyd said. Free ceftin “We’re working hard to improve on that, free ceftin week by week and day by day, free ceftin but it’s a group effort, free ceftin and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free ceftin We just keep working at it, free ceftin 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. Free ceftin We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free ceftin 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, free ceftin Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free ceftin which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free ceftin448 yards. Free ceftin That number appears safe, free ceftin barring an exceptional second half, free ceftin but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free ceftin 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. Free ceftin It could be a different standout every week, free ceftin either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free ceftin regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free ceftin I’ve never been declared a No. Free ceftin 1 target, free ceftin like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free ceftin where it’s clear, free ceftin” said Lloyd, free ceftin who is in his 10th season, free ceftin but is already on his sixth organization. Free ceftin “Coming to a team like this, free ceftin it’s natural for me, free ceftin to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free ceftin I’ll be available for him. Free ceftin They want me to be open, free ceftin and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free ceftin Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free ceftin What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free ceftin working mostly on the outside, free ceftin 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, free ceftin when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free ceftin Impressive, free ceftin but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free ceftin when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free ceftin they mean more, free ceftin they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free ceftin coming into November and December, free ceftin” Lloyd said. Free ceftin “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free ceftin so you have stuff you can look forward to, free ceftin stuff that you can improve on.”
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