Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, buy revia 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 revia signed to a three-year, buy revia $12 million deal in the offseason, buy revia began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, buy revia eight the next week, buy revia then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, buy revia 80-yard game at Seattle, buy revia Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Buy revia He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, buy revia including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Buy revia 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Buy revia Both, buy revia though, buy revia went for touchdowns, buy revia 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 revia can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, buy revia” he said.
True, buy revia but both went for touchdowns. Buy revia Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, buy revia two touchdowns, buy revia” Lloyd said. Buy revia “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, buy revia but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Buy revia Halfway into his first season, buy revia it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, buy revia and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, buy revia in the spring, buy revia that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, buy revia ‘All right, buy revia we got it, buy revia’ because we still have so much work to do, buy revia” Lloyd said. Buy revia “We’re working hard to improve on that, buy revia week by week and day by day, buy revia but it’s a group effort, buy revia and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Buy revia We just keep working at it, buy revia 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 revia We’re always trying to make those improvements. Buy revia 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 revia Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, buy revia which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, buy revia448 yards. Buy revia That number appears safe, buy revia barring an exceptional second half, buy revia but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, buy revia 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 revia It could be a different standout every week, buy revia either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, buy revia regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, buy revia I’ve never been declared a No. Buy revia 1 target, buy revia like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, buy revia where it’s clear, buy revia” said Lloyd, buy revia who is in his 10th season, buy revia but is already on his sixth organization. Buy revia “Coming to a team like this, buy revia it’s natural for me, buy revia to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, buy revia I’ll be available for him. Buy revia They want me to be open, buy revia and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, buy revia Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Buy revia What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, buy revia working mostly on the outside, buy revia 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 revia when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Buy revia Impressive, buy revia but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, buy revia when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, buy revia they mean more, buy revia they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, buy revia coming into November and December, buy revia” Lloyd said. Buy revia “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, buy revia so you have stuff you can look forward to, buy revia stuff that you can improve on.”
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