Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, buy aldactone 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, buy aldactone signed to a three-year, buy aldactone $12 million deal in the offseason, buy aldactone began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, buy aldactone eight the next week, buy aldactone then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, buy aldactone 80-yard game at Seattle, buy aldactone Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Buy aldactone He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, buy aldactone including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Buy aldactone 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy aldactone Both, buy aldactone though, buy aldactone went for touchdowns, buy aldactone 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, buy aldactone can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy aldactone” he said.
True, buy aldactone but both went for touchdowns. Buy aldactone Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy aldactone two touchdowns, buy aldactone” Lloyd said. Buy aldactone “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy aldactone but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy aldactone Halfway into his first season, buy aldactone it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, buy aldactone and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, buy aldactone in the spring, buy aldactone that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, buy aldactone ‘All right, buy aldactone we got it, buy aldactone’ because we still have so much work to do, buy aldactone” Lloyd said. Buy aldactone “We’re working hard to improve on that, buy aldactone week by week and day by day, buy aldactone but it’s a group effort, buy aldactone and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy aldactone We just keep working at it, buy aldactone 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. Buy aldactone We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy aldactone 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, buy aldactone Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy aldactone which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy aldactone448 yards. Buy aldactone That number appears safe, buy aldactone barring an exceptional second half, buy aldactone but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy aldactone 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. Buy aldactone It could be a different standout every week, buy aldactone either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy aldactone regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy aldactone I’ve never been declared a No. Buy aldactone 1 target, buy aldactone like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy aldactone where it’s clear, buy aldactone” said Lloyd, buy aldactone who is in his 10th season, buy aldactone but is already on his sixth organization. Buy aldactone “Coming to a team like this, buy aldactone it’s natural for me, buy aldactone to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy aldactone I’ll be available for him. Buy aldactone They want me to be open, buy aldactone and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy aldactone Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy aldactone What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy aldactone working mostly on the outside, buy aldactone 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, buy aldactone when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy aldactone Impressive, buy aldactone but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy aldactone when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy aldactone they mean more, buy aldactone they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy aldactone coming into November and December, buy aldactone” Lloyd said. Buy aldactone “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy aldactone so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy aldactone stuff that you can improve on.”
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