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

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

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

“It was two catches, order discount actoplus met” he said.

True, order discount actoplus met but both went for touchdowns. Order discount actoplus met Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, order discount actoplus met two touchdowns, order discount actoplus met” Lloyd said. Order discount actoplus met “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, order discount actoplus met but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Order discount actoplus met Halfway into his first season, order discount actoplus met it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, order discount actoplus met and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Order discount actoplus met We just keep working at it, order discount actoplus met 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 discount actoplus met We’re always trying to make those improvements. Order discount actoplus met 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 discount actoplus met Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, order discount actoplus met which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, order discount actoplus met448 yards. Order discount actoplus met That number appears safe, order discount actoplus met barring an exceptional second half, order discount actoplus met but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, order discount actoplus met 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 discount actoplus met It could be a different standout every week, order discount actoplus met either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Order discount actoplus met 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