Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, prinivil 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, prinivil signed to a three-year, prinivil $12 million deal in the offseason, prinivil began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, prinivil eight the next week, prinivil then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, prinivil 80-yard game at Seattle, prinivil Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Prinivil He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, prinivil including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Prinivil 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Prinivil Both, prinivil though, prinivil went for touchdowns, prinivil 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, prinivil can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, prinivil” he said.
True, prinivil but both went for touchdowns. Prinivil Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, prinivil two touchdowns, prinivil” Lloyd said. Prinivil “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, prinivil but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Prinivil Halfway into his first season, prinivil it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, prinivil and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, prinivil in the spring, prinivil that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, prinivil ‘All right, prinivil we got it, prinivil’ because we still have so much work to do, prinivil” Lloyd said. Prinivil “We’re working hard to improve on that, prinivil week by week and day by day, prinivil but it’s a group effort, prinivil and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Prinivil We just keep working at it, prinivil 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. Prinivil We’re always trying to make those improvements. Prinivil 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, prinivil Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, prinivil which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, prinivil448 yards. Prinivil That number appears safe, prinivil barring an exceptional second half, prinivil but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, prinivil 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. Prinivil It could be a different standout every week, prinivil either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, prinivil regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, prinivil I’ve never been declared a No. Prinivil 1 target, prinivil like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, prinivil where it’s clear, prinivil” said Lloyd, prinivil who is in his 10th season, prinivil but is already on his sixth organization. Prinivil “Coming to a team like this, prinivil it’s natural for me, prinivil to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, prinivil I’ll be available for him. Prinivil They want me to be open, prinivil and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, prinivil Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Prinivil What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, prinivil working mostly on the outside, prinivil 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, prinivil when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Prinivil Impressive, prinivil but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, prinivil when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, prinivil they mean more, prinivil they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, prinivil coming into November and December, prinivil” Lloyd said. Prinivil “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, prinivil so you have stuff you can look forward to, prinivil stuff that you can improve on.”
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