Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, cefuhexal 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, cefuhexal signed to a three-year, cefuhexal $12 million deal in the offseason, cefuhexal began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, cefuhexal eight the next week, cefuhexal then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, cefuhexal 80-yard game at Seattle, cefuhexal Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Cefuhexal He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, cefuhexal including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Cefuhexal 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Cefuhexal Both, cefuhexal though, cefuhexal went for touchdowns, cefuhexal 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, cefuhexal can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, cefuhexal” he said.
True, cefuhexal but both went for touchdowns. Cefuhexal Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, cefuhexal two touchdowns, cefuhexal” Lloyd said. Cefuhexal “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, cefuhexal but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Cefuhexal Halfway into his first season, cefuhexal it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, cefuhexal and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, cefuhexal in the spring, cefuhexal that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, cefuhexal ‘All right, cefuhexal we got it, cefuhexal’ because we still have so much work to do, cefuhexal” Lloyd said. Cefuhexal “We’re working hard to improve on that, cefuhexal week by week and day by day, cefuhexal but it’s a group effort, cefuhexal and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Cefuhexal We just keep working at it, cefuhexal 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. Cefuhexal We’re always trying to make those improvements. Cefuhexal 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, cefuhexal Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, cefuhexal which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, cefuhexal448 yards. Cefuhexal That number appears safe, cefuhexal barring an exceptional second half, cefuhexal but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, cefuhexal 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. Cefuhexal It could be a different standout every week, cefuhexal either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, cefuhexal regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, cefuhexal I’ve never been declared a No. Cefuhexal 1 target, cefuhexal like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, cefuhexal where it’s clear, cefuhexal” said Lloyd, cefuhexal who is in his 10th season, cefuhexal but is already on his sixth organization. Cefuhexal “Coming to a team like this, cefuhexal it’s natural for me, cefuhexal to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, cefuhexal I’ll be available for him. Cefuhexal They want me to be open, cefuhexal and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, cefuhexal Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Cefuhexal What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, cefuhexal working mostly on the outside, cefuhexal 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, cefuhexal when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Cefuhexal Impressive, cefuhexal but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, cefuhexal when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, cefuhexal they mean more, cefuhexal they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, cefuhexal coming into November and December, cefuhexal” Lloyd said. Cefuhexal “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, cefuhexal so you have stuff you can look forward to, cefuhexal stuff that you can improve on.”
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