Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, buy dostinex 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 dostinex signed to a three-year, buy dostinex $12 million deal in the offseason, buy dostinex began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, buy dostinex eight the next week, buy dostinex then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, buy dostinex 80-yard game at Seattle, buy dostinex Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Buy dostinex He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, buy dostinex including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Buy dostinex 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy dostinex Both, buy dostinex though, buy dostinex went for touchdowns, buy dostinex 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 dostinex can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy dostinex” he said.
True, buy dostinex but both went for touchdowns. Buy dostinex Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy dostinex two touchdowns, buy dostinex” Lloyd said. Buy dostinex “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy dostinex but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy dostinex Halfway into his first season, buy dostinex it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, buy dostinex and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, buy dostinex in the spring, buy dostinex that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, buy dostinex ‘All right, buy dostinex we got it, buy dostinex’ because we still have so much work to do, buy dostinex” Lloyd said. Buy dostinex “We’re working hard to improve on that, buy dostinex week by week and day by day, buy dostinex but it’s a group effort, buy dostinex and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy dostinex We just keep working at it, buy dostinex 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 dostinex We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy dostinex 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 dostinex Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy dostinex which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy dostinex448 yards. Buy dostinex That number appears safe, buy dostinex barring an exceptional second half, buy dostinex but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy dostinex 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 dostinex It could be a different standout every week, buy dostinex either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy dostinex regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy dostinex I’ve never been declared a No. Buy dostinex 1 target, buy dostinex like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy dostinex where it’s clear, buy dostinex” said Lloyd, buy dostinex who is in his 10th season, buy dostinex but is already on his sixth organization. Buy dostinex “Coming to a team like this, buy dostinex it’s natural for me, buy dostinex to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy dostinex I’ll be available for him. Buy dostinex They want me to be open, buy dostinex and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy dostinex Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy dostinex What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy dostinex working mostly on the outside, buy dostinex 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 dostinex when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy dostinex Impressive, buy dostinex but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy dostinex when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy dostinex they mean more, buy dostinex they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy dostinex coming into November and December, buy dostinex” Lloyd said. Buy dostinex “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy dostinex so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy dostinex stuff that you can improve on.”
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