Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, condylox 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, condylox signed to a three-year, condylox $12 million deal in the offseason, condylox began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, condylox eight the next week, condylox then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, condylox 80-yard game at Seattle, condylox Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Condylox He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, condylox including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Condylox 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Condylox Both, condylox though, condylox went for touchdowns, condylox 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, condylox can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, condylox” he said.
True, condylox but both went for touchdowns. Condylox Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, condylox two touchdowns, condylox” Lloyd said. Condylox “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, condylox but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Condylox Halfway into his first season, condylox it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, condylox and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, condylox in the spring, condylox that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, condylox ‘All right, condylox we got it, condylox’ because we still have so much work to do, condylox” Lloyd said. Condylox “We’re working hard to improve on that, condylox week by week and day by day, condylox but it’s a group effort, condylox and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Condylox We just keep working at it, condylox 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. Condylox We’re always trying to make those improvements. Condylox 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, condylox Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, condylox which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, condylox448 yards. Condylox That number appears safe, condylox barring an exceptional second half, condylox but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, condylox 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. Condylox It could be a different standout every week, condylox either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, condylox regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, condylox I’ve never been declared a No. Condylox 1 target, condylox like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, condylox where it’s clear, condylox” said Lloyd, condylox who is in his 10th season, condylox but is already on his sixth organization. Condylox “Coming to a team like this, condylox it’s natural for me, condylox to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, condylox I’ll be available for him. Condylox They want me to be open, condylox and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, condylox Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Condylox What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, condylox working mostly on the outside, condylox 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, condylox when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Condylox Impressive, condylox but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, condylox when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, condylox they mean more, condylox they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, condylox coming into November and December, condylox” Lloyd said. Condylox “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, condylox so you have stuff you can look forward to, condylox stuff that you can improve on.”
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