Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, buy benicar 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 benicar signed to a three-year, buy benicar $12 million deal in the offseason, buy benicar began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, buy benicar eight the next week, buy benicar then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, buy benicar 80-yard game at Seattle, buy benicar Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Buy benicar He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, buy benicar including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Buy benicar 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy benicar Both, buy benicar though, buy benicar went for touchdowns, buy benicar 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 benicar can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy benicar” he said.
True, buy benicar but both went for touchdowns. Buy benicar Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy benicar two touchdowns, buy benicar” Lloyd said. Buy benicar “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy benicar but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy benicar Halfway into his first season, buy benicar it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, buy benicar and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, buy benicar in the spring, buy benicar that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, buy benicar ‘All right, buy benicar we got it, buy benicar’ because we still have so much work to do, buy benicar” Lloyd said. Buy benicar “We’re working hard to improve on that, buy benicar week by week and day by day, buy benicar but it’s a group effort, buy benicar and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy benicar We just keep working at it, buy benicar 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 benicar We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy benicar 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 benicar Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy benicar which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy benicar448 yards. Buy benicar That number appears safe, buy benicar barring an exceptional second half, buy benicar but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy benicar 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 benicar It could be a different standout every week, buy benicar either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy benicar regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy benicar I’ve never been declared a No. Buy benicar 1 target, buy benicar like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy benicar where it’s clear, buy benicar” said Lloyd, buy benicar who is in his 10th season, buy benicar but is already on his sixth organization. Buy benicar “Coming to a team like this, buy benicar it’s natural for me, buy benicar to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy benicar I’ll be available for him. Buy benicar They want me to be open, buy benicar and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy benicar Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy benicar What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy benicar working mostly on the outside, buy benicar 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 benicar when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy benicar Impressive, buy benicar but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy benicar when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy benicar they mean more, buy benicar they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy benicar coming into November and December, buy benicar” Lloyd said. Buy benicar “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy benicar so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy benicar stuff that you can improve on.”
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