Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, buy neurontin 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 neurontin signed to a three-year, buy neurontin $12 million deal in the offseason, buy neurontin began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, buy neurontin eight the next week, buy neurontin then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, buy neurontin 80-yard game at Seattle, buy neurontin Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Buy neurontin He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, buy neurontin including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Buy neurontin 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy neurontin Both, buy neurontin though, buy neurontin went for touchdowns, buy neurontin 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 neurontin can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy neurontin” he said.
True, buy neurontin but both went for touchdowns. Buy neurontin Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy neurontin two touchdowns, buy neurontin” Lloyd said. Buy neurontin “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy neurontin but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy neurontin Halfway into his first season, buy neurontin it remains very much a work in progress.
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“I think I said earlier, buy neurontin in the spring, buy neurontin that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, buy neurontin ‘All right, buy neurontin we got it, buy neurontin’ because we still have so much work to do, buy neurontin” Lloyd said. Buy neurontin “We’re working hard to improve on that, buy neurontin week by week and day by day, buy neurontin but it’s a group effort, buy neurontin and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy neurontin We just keep working at it, buy neurontin 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 neurontin We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy neurontin 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 neurontin Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy neurontin which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy neurontin448 yards. Buy neurontin That number appears safe, buy neurontin barring an exceptional second half, buy neurontin but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy neurontin 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 neurontin It could be a different standout every week, buy neurontin either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy neurontin regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy neurontin I’ve never been declared a No. Buy neurontin 1 target, buy neurontin like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy neurontin where it’s clear, buy neurontin” said Lloyd, buy neurontin who is in his 10th season, buy neurontin but is already on his sixth organization. Buy neurontin “Coming to a team like this, buy neurontin it’s natural for me, buy neurontin to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy neurontin I’ll be available for him. Buy neurontin They want me to be open, buy neurontin and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy neurontin Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy neurontin What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy neurontin working mostly on the outside, buy neurontin 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 neurontin when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy neurontin Impressive, buy neurontin but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy neurontin when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy neurontin they mean more, buy neurontin they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy neurontin coming into November and December, buy neurontin” Lloyd said. Buy neurontin “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy neurontin so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy neurontin stuff that you can improve on.”
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