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