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

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

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

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

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

“It was two catches, order discount coreg two touchdowns, order discount coreg” Lloyd said. Order discount coreg “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 coreg but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Order discount coreg Halfway into his first season, order discount coreg it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, order discount coreg and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Order discount coreg We just keep working at it, order discount coreg 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 coreg We’re always trying to make those improvements. Order discount coreg 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 coreg Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, order discount coreg which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, order discount coreg448 yards. Order discount coreg That number appears safe, order discount coreg barring an exceptional second half, order discount coreg but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, order discount coreg 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 coreg It could be a different standout every week, order discount coreg either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

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