Alcohol Dependence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Lloyd, alcohol dependence and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Alcohol dependence We just keep working at it, alcohol dependence 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 dependence We’re always trying to make those improvements. Alcohol dependence 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 dependence Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, alcohol dependence which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, alcohol dependence448 yards. Alcohol dependence That number appears safe, alcohol dependence barring an exceptional second half, alcohol dependence but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, alcohol dependence 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 dependence It could be a different standout every week, alcohol dependence either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at Alcohol dependence Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.