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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, mobic online review 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, mobic online review signed to a three-year, mobic online review $12 million deal in the offseason, mobic online review began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, mobic online review eight the next week, mobic online review then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

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

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

“It was two catches, mobic online review” he said.

True, mobic online review but both went for touchdowns. Mobic online review Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, mobic online review two touchdowns, mobic online review” Lloyd said. Mobic online review “We still have a lot of work to do.”

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

For Lloyd, mobic online review and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Mobic online review We just keep working at it, mobic online review 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. Mobic online review We’re always trying to make those improvements. Mobic online review 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, mobic online review Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, mobic online review which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, mobic online review448 yards. Mobic online review That number appears safe, mobic online review barring an exceptional second half, mobic online review but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, mobic online review 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. Mobic online review It could be a different standout every week, mobic online review either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Mobic online review Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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