Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free imitrex 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 imitrex signed to a three-year, free imitrex $12 million deal in the offseason, free imitrex began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free imitrex eight the next week, free imitrex then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free imitrex 80-yard game at Seattle, free imitrex Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free imitrex He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free imitrex including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free imitrex 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free imitrex Both, free imitrex though, free imitrex went for touchdowns, free imitrex 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 imitrex can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free imitrex” he said.
True, free imitrex but both went for touchdowns. Free imitrex Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free imitrex two touchdowns, free imitrex” Lloyd said. Free imitrex “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free imitrex but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free imitrex Halfway into his first season, free imitrex it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, free imitrex and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, free imitrex in the spring, free imitrex that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free imitrex ‘All right, free imitrex we got it, free imitrex’ because we still have so much work to do, free imitrex” Lloyd said. Free imitrex “We’re working hard to improve on that, free imitrex week by week and day by day, free imitrex but it’s a group effort, free imitrex and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free imitrex We just keep working at it, free imitrex 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 imitrex We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free imitrex 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 imitrex Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free imitrex which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free imitrex448 yards. Free imitrex That number appears safe, free imitrex barring an exceptional second half, free imitrex but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free imitrex 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 imitrex It could be a different standout every week, free imitrex either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free imitrex regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free imitrex I’ve never been declared a No. Free imitrex 1 target, free imitrex like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free imitrex where it’s clear, free imitrex” said Lloyd, free imitrex who is in his 10th season, free imitrex but is already on his sixth organization. Free imitrex “Coming to a team like this, free imitrex it’s natural for me, free imitrex to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free imitrex I’ll be available for him. Free imitrex They want me to be open, free imitrex and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free imitrex Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free imitrex What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free imitrex working mostly on the outside, free imitrex 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 imitrex when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free imitrex Impressive, free imitrex but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free imitrex when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free imitrex they mean more, free imitrex they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free imitrex coming into November and December, free imitrex” Lloyd said. Free imitrex “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free imitrex so you have stuff you can look forward to, free imitrex stuff that you can improve on.”
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