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