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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 no rx duetact 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 no rx duetact signed to a three-year, order no rx duetact $12 million deal in the offseason, order no rx duetact began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, order no rx duetact eight the next week, order no rx duetact then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

Save for a six-catch, order no rx duetact 80-yard game at Seattle, order no rx duetact Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Order no rx duetact He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, order no rx duetact including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Order no rx duetact 21.

His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Order no rx duetact Both, order no rx duetact though, order no rx duetact went for touchdowns, order no rx duetact 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 no rx duetact can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?

“It was two catches, order no rx duetact” he said.

True, order no rx duetact but both went for touchdowns. Order no rx duetact Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, order no rx duetact two touchdowns, order no rx duetact” Lloyd said. Order no rx duetact “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, order no rx duetact but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Order no rx duetact Halfway into his first season, order no rx duetact it remains very much a work in progress.

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“I think I said earlier, order no rx duetact in the spring, order no rx duetact that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, order no rx duetact ‘All right, order no rx duetact we got it, order no rx duetact’ because we still have so much work to do, order no rx duetact” Lloyd said. Order no rx duetact “We’re working hard to improve on that, order no rx duetact week by week and day by day, order no rx duetact but it’s a group effort, order no rx duetact and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Order no rx duetact We just keep working at it, order no rx duetact 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 no rx duetact We’re always trying to make those improvements. Order no rx duetact 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 no rx duetact Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, order no rx duetact which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, order no rx duetact448 yards. Order no rx duetact That number appears safe, order no rx duetact barring an exceptional second half, order no rx duetact but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, order no rx duetact 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 no rx duetact It could be a different standout every week, order no rx duetact either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

Targeted 69 times this season, order no rx duetact Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Order no rx duetact What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, order no rx duetact working mostly on the outside, order no rx duetact 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 no rx duetact when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Order no rx duetact Impressive, order no rx duetact but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, order no rx duetact when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.

“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, order no rx duetact they mean more, order no rx duetact they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, order no rx duetact coming into November and December, order no rx duetact” Lloyd said. Order no rx duetact “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, order no rx duetact so you have stuff you can look forward to, order no rx duetact stuff that you can improve on.”

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Order no rx duetact 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