Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, rivastigmine 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, rivastigmine signed to a three-year, rivastigmine $12 million deal in the offseason, rivastigmine began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, rivastigmine eight the next week, rivastigmine then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, rivastigmine 80-yard game at Seattle, rivastigmine Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Rivastigmine He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, rivastigmine including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Rivastigmine 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Rivastigmine Both, rivastigmine though, rivastigmine went for touchdowns, rivastigmine 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, rivastigmine can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, rivastigmine” he said.
True, rivastigmine but both went for touchdowns. Rivastigmine Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, rivastigmine two touchdowns, rivastigmine” Lloyd said. Rivastigmine “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, rivastigmine but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Rivastigmine Halfway into his first season, rivastigmine it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, rivastigmine and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, rivastigmine in the spring, rivastigmine that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, rivastigmine ‘All right, rivastigmine we got it, rivastigmine’ because we still have so much work to do, rivastigmine” Lloyd said. Rivastigmine “We’re working hard to improve on that, rivastigmine week by week and day by day, rivastigmine but it’s a group effort, rivastigmine and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Rivastigmine We just keep working at it, rivastigmine 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. Rivastigmine We’re always trying to make those improvements. Rivastigmine 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, rivastigmine Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, rivastigmine which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, rivastigmine448 yards. Rivastigmine That number appears safe, rivastigmine barring an exceptional second half, rivastigmine but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, rivastigmine 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. Rivastigmine It could be a different standout every week, rivastigmine either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, rivastigmine regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, rivastigmine I’ve never been declared a No. Rivastigmine 1 target, rivastigmine like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, rivastigmine where it’s clear, rivastigmine” said Lloyd, rivastigmine who is in his 10th season, rivastigmine but is already on his sixth organization. Rivastigmine “Coming to a team like this, rivastigmine it’s natural for me, rivastigmine to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, rivastigmine I’ll be available for him. Rivastigmine They want me to be open, rivastigmine and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, rivastigmine Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Rivastigmine What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, rivastigmine working mostly on the outside, rivastigmine 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, rivastigmine when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Rivastigmine Impressive, rivastigmine but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, rivastigmine when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, rivastigmine they mean more, rivastigmine they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, rivastigmine coming into November and December, rivastigmine” Lloyd said. Rivastigmine “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, rivastigmine so you have stuff you can look forward to, rivastigmine stuff that you can improve on.”
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