Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, order adalat 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, order adalat signed to a three-year, order adalat $12 million deal in the offseason, order adalat began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, order adalat eight the next week, order adalat then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, order adalat 80-yard game at Seattle, order adalat Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Order adalat He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, order adalat including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Order adalat 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Order adalat Both, order adalat though, order adalat went for touchdowns, order adalat 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, order adalat can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, order adalat” he said.
True, order adalat but both went for touchdowns. Order adalat Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, order adalat two touchdowns, order adalat” Lloyd said. Order adalat “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, order adalat but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Order adalat Halfway into his first season, order adalat it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, order adalat and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, order adalat in the spring, order adalat that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, order adalat ‘All right, order adalat we got it, order adalat’ because we still have so much work to do, order adalat” Lloyd said. Order adalat “We’re working hard to improve on that, order adalat week by week and day by day, order adalat but it’s a group effort, order adalat and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Order adalat We just keep working at it, order adalat 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. Order adalat We’re always trying to make those improvements. Order adalat 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, order adalat Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, order adalat which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, order adalat448 yards. Order adalat That number appears safe, order adalat barring an exceptional second half, order adalat but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, order adalat 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. Order adalat It could be a different standout every week, order adalat either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, order adalat regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, order adalat I’ve never been declared a No. Order adalat 1 target, order adalat like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, order adalat where it’s clear, order adalat” said Lloyd, order adalat who is in his 10th season, order adalat but is already on his sixth organization. Order adalat “Coming to a team like this, order adalat it’s natural for me, order adalat to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, order adalat I’ll be available for him. Order adalat They want me to be open, order adalat and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, order adalat Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Order adalat What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, order adalat working mostly on the outside, order adalat 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, order adalat when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Order adalat Impressive, order adalat but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, order adalat when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, order adalat they mean more, order adalat they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, order adalat coming into November and December, order adalat” Lloyd said. Order adalat “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, order adalat so you have stuff you can look forward to, order adalat stuff that you can improve on.”
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