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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 methox 400 signed to a three-year, order methox 400 $12 million deal in the offseason, order methox 400 began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, order methox 400 eight the next week, order methox 400 then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

Save for a six-catch, order methox 400 80-yard game at Seattle, order methox 400 Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Order methox 400 He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, order methox 400 including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Order methox 400 21.

His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Order methox 400 Both, order methox 400 though, order methox 400 went for touchdowns, order methox 400 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 methox 400 can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?

“It was two catches, order methox 400” he said.

True, order methox 400 but both went for touchdowns. Order methox 400 Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, order methox 400 two touchdowns, order methox 400” Lloyd said. Order methox 400 “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, order methox 400 but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Order methox 400 Halfway into his first season, order methox 400 it remains very much a work in progress.

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“I think I said earlier, order methox 400 in the spring, order methox 400 that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, order methox 400 ‘All right, order methox 400 we got it, order methox 400’ because we still have so much work to do, order methox 400” Lloyd said. Order methox 400 “We’re working hard to improve on that, order methox 400 week by week and day by day, order methox 400 but it’s a group effort, order methox 400 and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Order methox 400 We just keep working at it, order methox 400 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 methox 400 We’re always trying to make those improvements. Order methox 400 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 methox 400 Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, order methox 400 which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, order methox 400448 yards. Order methox 400 That number appears safe, order methox 400 barring an exceptional second half, order methox 400 but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, order methox 400 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 methox 400 It could be a different standout every week, order methox 400 either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

“The teams that I’ve been on, order methox 400 regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, order methox 400 I’ve never been declared a No. Order methox 400 1 target, order methox 400 like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, order methox 400 where it’s clear, order methox 400” said Lloyd, order methox 400 who is in his 10th season, order methox 400 but is already on his sixth organization. Order methox 400 “Coming to a team like this, order methox 400 it’s natural for me, order methox 400 to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, order methox 400 I’ll be available for him. Order methox 400 They want me to be open, order methox 400 and they want me to catch the ball.”

Targeted 69 times this season, order methox 400 Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Order methox 400 What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, order methox 400 working mostly on the outside, order methox 400 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 methox 400 when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Order methox 400 Impressive, order methox 400 but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, order methox 400 when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.

“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, order methox 400 they mean more, order methox 400 they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, order methox 400 coming into November and December, order methox 400” Lloyd said. Order methox 400 “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, order methox 400 so you have stuff you can look forward to, order methox 400 stuff that you can improve on.”

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Order methox 400 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