Alcohol Addiction

Brandon Lloyd caught two passes in the Patriots’ last game two weeks ago — both for TDs.
Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, alcohol addiction 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, alcohol addiction signed to a three-year, alcohol addiction $12 million deal in the offseason, alcohol addiction began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, alcohol addiction eight the next week, alcohol addiction then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

Save for a six-catch, alcohol addiction 80-yard game at Seattle, alcohol addiction Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Alcohol addiction He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, alcohol addiction including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Alcohol addiction 21.

His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Alcohol addiction Both, alcohol addiction though, alcohol addiction went for touchdowns, alcohol addiction 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, alcohol addiction can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?

“It was two catches, alcohol addiction” he said.

True, alcohol addiction but both went for touchdowns. Alcohol addiction Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, alcohol addiction two touchdowns, alcohol addiction” Lloyd said. Alcohol addiction “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, alcohol addiction but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Alcohol addiction Halfway into his first season, alcohol addiction it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, alcohol addiction and for Brady.

“I think I said earlier, alcohol addiction in the spring, alcohol addiction that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, alcohol addiction ‘All right, alcohol addiction we got it, alcohol addiction’ because we still have so much work to do, alcohol addiction” Lloyd said. Alcohol addiction “We’re working hard to improve on that, alcohol addiction week by week and day by day, alcohol addiction but it’s a group effort, alcohol addiction and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Alcohol addiction We just keep working at it, alcohol addiction 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. Alcohol addiction We’re always trying to make those improvements. Alcohol addiction 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, alcohol addiction Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, alcohol addiction which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, alcohol addiction448 yards. Alcohol addiction That number appears safe, alcohol addiction barring an exceptional second half, alcohol addiction but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, alcohol addiction 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. Alcohol addiction It could be a different standout every week, alcohol addiction either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

Targeted 69 times this season, alcohol addiction Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Alcohol addiction What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, alcohol addiction working mostly on the outside, alcohol addiction 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, alcohol addiction when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Alcohol addiction Impressive, alcohol addiction but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, alcohol addiction when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.

“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, alcohol addiction they mean more, alcohol addiction they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, alcohol addiction coming into November and December, alcohol addiction” Lloyd said. Alcohol addiction “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, alcohol addiction so you have stuff you can look forward to, alcohol addiction stuff that you can improve on.”

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