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

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

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

“It was two catches, lopressor free sample” he said.

True, lopressor free sample but both went for touchdowns. Lopressor free sample Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, lopressor free sample two touchdowns, lopressor free sample” Lloyd said. Lopressor free sample “We still have a lot of work to do.”

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

For Lloyd, lopressor free sample and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Lopressor free sample We just keep working at it, lopressor free sample 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. Lopressor free sample We’re always trying to make those improvements. Lopressor free sample 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, lopressor free sample Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, lopressor free sample which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, lopressor free sample448 yards. Lopressor free sample That number appears safe, lopressor free sample barring an exceptional second half, lopressor free sample but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, lopressor free sample 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. Lopressor free sample It could be a different standout every week, lopressor free sample either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Lopressor free sample Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

Source: http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/2012/11/10/brandon-lloyd-hopes-for-big-half/yAbVT1LeiM3lvoBJvKY4WI/story.html