Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free xenical 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 xenical signed to a three-year, free xenical $12 million deal in the offseason, free xenical began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free xenical eight the next week, free xenical then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free xenical 80-yard game at Seattle, free xenical Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free xenical He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free xenical including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free xenical 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free xenical Both, free xenical though, free xenical went for touchdowns, free xenical 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 xenical can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free xenical” he said.
True, free xenical but both went for touchdowns. Free xenical Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free xenical two touchdowns, free xenical” Lloyd said. Free xenical “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free xenical but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free xenical Halfway into his first season, free xenical it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, free xenical and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, free xenical in the spring, free xenical that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free xenical ‘All right, free xenical we got it, free xenical’ because we still have so much work to do, free xenical” Lloyd said. Free xenical “We’re working hard to improve on that, free xenical week by week and day by day, free xenical but it’s a group effort, free xenical and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free xenical We just keep working at it, free xenical 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 xenical We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free xenical 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 xenical Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free xenical which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free xenical448 yards. Free xenical That number appears safe, free xenical barring an exceptional second half, free xenical but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free xenical 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 xenical It could be a different standout every week, free xenical either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free xenical regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free xenical I’ve never been declared a No. Free xenical 1 target, free xenical like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free xenical where it’s clear, free xenical” said Lloyd, free xenical who is in his 10th season, free xenical but is already on his sixth organization. Free xenical “Coming to a team like this, free xenical it’s natural for me, free xenical to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free xenical I’ll be available for him. Free xenical They want me to be open, free xenical and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free xenical Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free xenical What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free xenical working mostly on the outside, free xenical 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 xenical when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free xenical Impressive, free xenical but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free xenical when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free xenical they mean more, free xenical they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free xenical coming into November and December, free xenical” Lloyd said. Free xenical “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free xenical so you have stuff you can look forward to, free xenical stuff that you can improve on.”
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