Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free lotrisone 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 lotrisone signed to a three-year, free lotrisone $12 million deal in the offseason, free lotrisone began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free lotrisone eight the next week, free lotrisone then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free lotrisone 80-yard game at Seattle, free lotrisone Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free lotrisone He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free lotrisone including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free lotrisone 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free lotrisone Both, free lotrisone though, free lotrisone went for touchdowns, free lotrisone 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 lotrisone can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free lotrisone” he said.
True, free lotrisone but both went for touchdowns. Free lotrisone Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free lotrisone two touchdowns, free lotrisone” Lloyd said. Free lotrisone “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free lotrisone but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free lotrisone Halfway into his first season, free lotrisone it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, free lotrisone and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, free lotrisone in the spring, free lotrisone that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free lotrisone ‘All right, free lotrisone we got it, free lotrisone’ because we still have so much work to do, free lotrisone” Lloyd said. Free lotrisone “We’re working hard to improve on that, free lotrisone week by week and day by day, free lotrisone but it’s a group effort, free lotrisone and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free lotrisone We just keep working at it, free lotrisone 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 lotrisone We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free lotrisone 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 lotrisone Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free lotrisone which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free lotrisone448 yards. Free lotrisone That number appears safe, free lotrisone barring an exceptional second half, free lotrisone but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free lotrisone 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 lotrisone It could be a different standout every week, free lotrisone either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free lotrisone regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free lotrisone I’ve never been declared a No. Free lotrisone 1 target, free lotrisone like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free lotrisone where it’s clear, free lotrisone” said Lloyd, free lotrisone who is in his 10th season, free lotrisone but is already on his sixth organization. Free lotrisone “Coming to a team like this, free lotrisone it’s natural for me, free lotrisone to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free lotrisone I’ll be available for him. Free lotrisone They want me to be open, free lotrisone and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free lotrisone Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free lotrisone What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free lotrisone working mostly on the outside, free lotrisone 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 lotrisone when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free lotrisone Impressive, free lotrisone but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free lotrisone when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free lotrisone they mean more, free lotrisone they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free lotrisone coming into November and December, free lotrisone” Lloyd said. Free lotrisone “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free lotrisone so you have stuff you can look forward to, free lotrisone stuff that you can improve on.”
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