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Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, imitrex in us 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, imitrex in us signed to a three-year, imitrex in us $12 million deal in the offseason, imitrex in us began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, imitrex in us eight the next week, imitrex in us then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, imitrex in us 80-yard game at Seattle, imitrex in us Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Imitrex in us He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, imitrex in us including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Imitrex in us 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Imitrex in us Both, imitrex in us though, imitrex in us went for touchdowns, imitrex in us 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, imitrex in us can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, imitrex in us” he said.
True, imitrex in us but both went for touchdowns. Imitrex in us Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, imitrex in us two touchdowns, imitrex in us” Lloyd said. Imitrex in us “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, imitrex in us but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Imitrex in us Halfway into his first season, imitrex in us it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, imitrex in us and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, imitrex in us in the spring, imitrex in us that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, imitrex in us ‘All right, imitrex in us we got it, imitrex in us’ because we still have so much work to do, imitrex in us” Lloyd said. Imitrex in us “We’re working hard to improve on that, imitrex in us week by week and day by day, imitrex in us but it’s a group effort, imitrex in us and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Imitrex in us We just keep working at it, imitrex in us 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. Imitrex in us We’re always trying to make those improvements. Imitrex in us 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, imitrex in us Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, imitrex in us which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, imitrex in us448 yards. Imitrex in us That number appears safe, imitrex in us barring an exceptional second half, imitrex in us but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, imitrex in us 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. Imitrex in us It could be a different standout every week, imitrex in us either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, imitrex in us regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, imitrex in us I’ve never been declared a No. Imitrex in us 1 target, imitrex in us like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, imitrex in us where it’s clear, imitrex in us” said Lloyd, imitrex in us who is in his 10th season, imitrex in us but is already on his sixth organization. Imitrex in us “Coming to a team like this, imitrex in us it’s natural for me, imitrex in us to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, imitrex in us I’ll be available for him. Imitrex in us They want me to be open, imitrex in us and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, imitrex in us Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Imitrex in us What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, imitrex in us working mostly on the outside, imitrex in us 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, imitrex in us when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Imitrex in us Impressive, imitrex in us but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, imitrex in us when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, imitrex in us they mean more, imitrex in us they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, imitrex in us coming into November and December, imitrex in us” Lloyd said. Imitrex in us “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, imitrex in us so you have stuff you can look forward to, imitrex in us stuff that you can improve on.”
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