Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, order phenergan 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 phenergan signed to a three-year, order phenergan $12 million deal in the offseason, order phenergan began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, order phenergan eight the next week, order phenergan then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, order phenergan 80-yard game at Seattle, order phenergan Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Order phenergan He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, order phenergan including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Order phenergan 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Order phenergan Both, order phenergan though, order phenergan went for touchdowns, order phenergan 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 phenergan can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, order phenergan” he said.
True, order phenergan but both went for touchdowns. Order phenergan Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, order phenergan two touchdowns, order phenergan” Lloyd said. Order phenergan “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, order phenergan but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Order phenergan Halfway into his first season, order phenergan it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, order phenergan and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, order phenergan in the spring, order phenergan that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, order phenergan ‘All right, order phenergan we got it, order phenergan’ because we still have so much work to do, order phenergan” Lloyd said. Order phenergan “We’re working hard to improve on that, order phenergan week by week and day by day, order phenergan but it’s a group effort, order phenergan and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Order phenergan We just keep working at it, order phenergan 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 phenergan We’re always trying to make those improvements. Order phenergan 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 phenergan Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, order phenergan which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, order phenergan448 yards. Order phenergan That number appears safe, order phenergan barring an exceptional second half, order phenergan but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, order phenergan 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 phenergan It could be a different standout every week, order phenergan either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, order phenergan regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, order phenergan I’ve never been declared a No. Order phenergan 1 target, order phenergan like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, order phenergan where it’s clear, order phenergan” said Lloyd, order phenergan who is in his 10th season, order phenergan but is already on his sixth organization. Order phenergan “Coming to a team like this, order phenergan it’s natural for me, order phenergan to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, order phenergan I’ll be available for him. Order phenergan They want me to be open, order phenergan and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, order phenergan Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Order phenergan What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, order phenergan working mostly on the outside, order phenergan 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 phenergan when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Order phenergan Impressive, order phenergan but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, order phenergan when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, order phenergan they mean more, order phenergan they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, order phenergan coming into November and December, order phenergan” Lloyd said. Order phenergan “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, order phenergan so you have stuff you can look forward to, order phenergan stuff that you can improve on.”
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