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Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, precose in us 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, precose in us signed to a three-year, precose in us $12 million deal in the offseason, precose in us began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, precose in us eight the next week, precose in us then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, precose in us 80-yard game at Seattle, precose in us Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Precose in us He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, precose in us including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Precose in us 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Precose in us Both, precose in us though, precose in us went for touchdowns, precose in us 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, precose in us can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, precose in us” he said.
True, precose in us but both went for touchdowns. Precose in us Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, precose in us two touchdowns, precose in us” Lloyd said. Precose in us “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, precose in us but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Precose in us Halfway into his first season, precose in us it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, precose in us and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, precose in us in the spring, precose in us that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, precose in us ‘All right, precose in us we got it, precose in us’ because we still have so much work to do, precose in us” Lloyd said. Precose in us “We’re working hard to improve on that, precose in us week by week and day by day, precose in us but it’s a group effort, precose in us and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Precose in us We just keep working at it, precose in us 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. Precose in us We’re always trying to make those improvements. Precose in us 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, precose in us Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, precose in us which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, precose in us448 yards. Precose in us That number appears safe, precose in us barring an exceptional second half, precose in us but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, precose in us 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. Precose in us It could be a different standout every week, precose in us either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, precose in us regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, precose in us I’ve never been declared a No. Precose in us 1 target, precose in us like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, precose in us where it’s clear, precose in us” said Lloyd, precose in us who is in his 10th season, precose in us but is already on his sixth organization. Precose in us “Coming to a team like this, precose in us it’s natural for me, precose in us to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, precose in us I’ll be available for him. Precose in us They want me to be open, precose in us and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, precose in us Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Precose in us What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, precose in us working mostly on the outside, precose in us 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, precose in us when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Precose in us Impressive, precose in us but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, precose in us when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, precose in us they mean more, precose in us they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, precose in us coming into November and December, precose in us” Lloyd said. Precose in us “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, precose in us so you have stuff you can look forward to, precose in us stuff that you can improve on.”
Michael Whitmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Precose in us Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.