Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free lamisil 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 lamisil signed to a three-year, free lamisil $12 million deal in the offseason, free lamisil began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free lamisil eight the next week, free lamisil then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free lamisil 80-yard game at Seattle, free lamisil Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free lamisil He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free lamisil including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free lamisil 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free lamisil Both, free lamisil though, free lamisil went for touchdowns, free lamisil 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 lamisil can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free lamisil” he said.
True, free lamisil but both went for touchdowns. Free lamisil Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free lamisil two touchdowns, free lamisil” Lloyd said. Free lamisil “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free lamisil but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free lamisil Halfway into his first season, free lamisil it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, free lamisil and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, free lamisil in the spring, free lamisil that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free lamisil ‘All right, free lamisil we got it, free lamisil’ because we still have so much work to do, free lamisil” Lloyd said. Free lamisil “We’re working hard to improve on that, free lamisil week by week and day by day, free lamisil but it’s a group effort, free lamisil and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free lamisil We just keep working at it, free lamisil 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 lamisil We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free lamisil 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 lamisil Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free lamisil which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free lamisil448 yards. Free lamisil That number appears safe, free lamisil barring an exceptional second half, free lamisil but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free lamisil 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 lamisil It could be a different standout every week, free lamisil either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free lamisil regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free lamisil I’ve never been declared a No. Free lamisil 1 target, free lamisil like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free lamisil where it’s clear, free lamisil” said Lloyd, free lamisil who is in his 10th season, free lamisil but is already on his sixth organization. Free lamisil “Coming to a team like this, free lamisil it’s natural for me, free lamisil to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free lamisil I’ll be available for him. Free lamisil They want me to be open, free lamisil and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free lamisil Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free lamisil What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free lamisil working mostly on the outside, free lamisil 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 lamisil when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free lamisil Impressive, free lamisil but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free lamisil when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free lamisil they mean more, free lamisil they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free lamisil coming into November and December, free lamisil” Lloyd said. Free lamisil “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free lamisil so you have stuff you can look forward to, free lamisil stuff that you can improve on.”
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