Hormone Replacement

Brandon Lloyd caught two passes in the Patriots’ last game two weeks ago — both for TDs.
Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, hormone replacement 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, hormone replacement signed to a three-year, hormone replacement $12 million deal in the offseason, hormone replacement began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, hormone replacement eight the next week, hormone replacement then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

Save for a six-catch, hormone replacement 80-yard game at Seattle, hormone replacement Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Hormone replacement He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, hormone replacement including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Hormone replacement 21.

His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Hormone replacement Both, hormone replacement though, hormone replacement went for touchdowns, hormone replacement 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, hormone replacement can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?

“It was two catches, hormone replacement” he said.

True, hormone replacement but both went for touchdowns. Hormone replacement Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, hormone replacement two touchdowns, hormone replacement” Lloyd said. Hormone replacement “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, hormone replacement but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Hormone replacement Halfway into his first season, hormone replacement it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, hormone replacement and for Brady.

“I think I said earlier, hormone replacement in the spring, hormone replacement that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, hormone replacement ‘All right, hormone replacement we got it, hormone replacement’ because we still have so much work to do, hormone replacement” Lloyd said. Hormone replacement “We’re working hard to improve on that, hormone replacement week by week and day by day, hormone replacement but it’s a group effort, hormone replacement and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Hormone replacement We just keep working at it, hormone replacement 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. Hormone replacement We’re always trying to make those improvements. Hormone replacement 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, hormone replacement Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, hormone replacement which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, hormone replacement448 yards. Hormone replacement That number appears safe, hormone replacement barring an exceptional second half, hormone replacement but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, hormone replacement 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. Hormone replacement It could be a different standout every week, hormone replacement either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

“The teams that I’ve been on, hormone replacement regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, hormone replacement I’ve never been declared a No. Hormone replacement 1 target, hormone replacement like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, hormone replacement where it’s clear, hormone replacement” said Lloyd, hormone replacement who is in his 10th season, hormone replacement but is already on his sixth organization. Hormone replacement “Coming to a team like this, hormone replacement it’s natural for me, hormone replacement to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, hormone replacement I’ll be available for him. Hormone replacement They want me to be open, hormone replacement and they want me to catch the ball.”

Targeted 69 times this season, hormone replacement Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Hormone replacement What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, hormone replacement working mostly on the outside, hormone replacement 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, hormone replacement when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Hormone replacement Impressive, hormone replacement but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, hormone replacement when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.

“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, hormone replacement they mean more, hormone replacement they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, hormone replacement coming into November and December, hormone replacement” Lloyd said. Hormone replacement “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, hormone replacement so you have stuff you can look forward to, hormone replacement stuff that you can improve on.”

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Hormone replacement Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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