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Brandon Lloyd caught two passes in the Patriots’ last game two weeks ago — both for TDs.
Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, clonidine in us 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, clonidine in us signed to a three-year, clonidine in us $12 million deal in the offseason, clonidine in us began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, clonidine in us eight the next week, clonidine in us then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

Save for a six-catch, clonidine in us 80-yard game at Seattle, clonidine in us Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Clonidine in us He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, clonidine in us including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Clonidine in us 21.

His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Clonidine in us Both, clonidine in us though, clonidine in us went for touchdowns, clonidine in us 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, clonidine in us can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?

“It was two catches, clonidine in us” he said.

True, clonidine in us but both went for touchdowns. Clonidine in us Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, clonidine in us two touchdowns, clonidine in us” Lloyd said. Clonidine in us “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, clonidine in us but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Clonidine in us Halfway into his first season, clonidine in us it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, clonidine in us and for Brady.

“I think I said earlier, clonidine in us in the spring, clonidine in us that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, clonidine in us ‘All right, clonidine in us we got it, clonidine in us’ because we still have so much work to do, clonidine in us” Lloyd said. Clonidine in us “We’re working hard to improve on that, clonidine in us week by week and day by day, clonidine in us but it’s a group effort, clonidine in us and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Clonidine in us We just keep working at it, clonidine in us 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. Clonidine in us We’re always trying to make those improvements. Clonidine in us 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, clonidine in us Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, clonidine in us which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, clonidine in us448 yards. Clonidine in us That number appears safe, clonidine in us barring an exceptional second half, clonidine in us but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, clonidine in us 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. Clonidine in us It could be a different standout every week, clonidine in us either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

“The teams that I’ve been on, clonidine in us regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, clonidine in us I’ve never been declared a No. Clonidine in us 1 target, clonidine in us like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, clonidine in us where it’s clear, clonidine in us” said Lloyd, clonidine in us who is in his 10th season, clonidine in us but is already on his sixth organization. Clonidine in us “Coming to a team like this, clonidine in us it’s natural for me, clonidine in us to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, clonidine in us I’ll be available for him. Clonidine in us They want me to be open, clonidine in us and they want me to catch the ball.”

Targeted 69 times this season, clonidine in us Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Clonidine in us What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, clonidine in us working mostly on the outside, clonidine in us 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, clonidine in us when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Clonidine in us Impressive, clonidine in us but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, clonidine in us when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.

“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, clonidine in us they mean more, clonidine in us they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, clonidine in us coming into November and December, clonidine in us” Lloyd said. Clonidine in us “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, clonidine in us so you have stuff you can look forward to, clonidine in us stuff that you can improve on.”

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