Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, indomax 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, indomax signed to a three-year, indomax $12 million deal in the offseason, indomax began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, indomax eight the next week, indomax then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, indomax 80-yard game at Seattle, indomax Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Indomax He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, indomax including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Indomax 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Indomax Both, indomax though, indomax went for touchdowns, indomax 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, indomax can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, indomax” he said.
True, indomax but both went for touchdowns. Indomax Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, indomax two touchdowns, indomax” Lloyd said. Indomax “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, indomax but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Indomax Halfway into his first season, indomax it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, indomax and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, indomax in the spring, indomax that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, indomax ‘All right, indomax we got it, indomax’ because we still have so much work to do, indomax” Lloyd said. Indomax “We’re working hard to improve on that, indomax week by week and day by day, indomax but it’s a group effort, indomax and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Indomax We just keep working at it, indomax 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. Indomax We’re always trying to make those improvements. Indomax 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, indomax Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, indomax which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, indomax448 yards. Indomax That number appears safe, indomax barring an exceptional second half, indomax but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, indomax 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. Indomax It could be a different standout every week, indomax either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, indomax regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, indomax I’ve never been declared a No. Indomax 1 target, indomax like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, indomax where it’s clear, indomax” said Lloyd, indomax who is in his 10th season, indomax but is already on his sixth organization. Indomax “Coming to a team like this, indomax it’s natural for me, indomax to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, indomax I’ll be available for him. Indomax They want me to be open, indomax and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, indomax Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Indomax What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, indomax working mostly on the outside, indomax 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, indomax when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Indomax Impressive, indomax but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, indomax when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, indomax they mean more, indomax they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, indomax coming into November and December, indomax” Lloyd said. Indomax “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, indomax so you have stuff you can look forward to, indomax stuff that you can improve on.”
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