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

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

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

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

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

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

For Lloyd, order discount fml forte and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Order discount fml forte We just keep working at it, order discount fml forte 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 fml forte We’re always trying to make those improvements. Order discount fml forte 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 fml forte Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, order discount fml forte which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, order discount fml forte448 yards. Order discount fml forte That number appears safe, order discount fml forte barring an exceptional second half, order discount fml forte but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, order discount fml forte 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 fml forte It could be a different standout every week, order discount fml forte either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

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