Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, ethinylestradiol 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, ethinylestradiol signed to a three-year, ethinylestradiol $12 million deal in the offseason, ethinylestradiol began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, ethinylestradiol eight the next week, ethinylestradiol then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, ethinylestradiol 80-yard game at Seattle, ethinylestradiol Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Ethinylestradiol He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, ethinylestradiol including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Ethinylestradiol 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Ethinylestradiol Both, ethinylestradiol though, ethinylestradiol went for touchdowns, ethinylestradiol 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, ethinylestradiol can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, ethinylestradiol” he said.
True, ethinylestradiol but both went for touchdowns. Ethinylestradiol Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, ethinylestradiol two touchdowns, ethinylestradiol” Lloyd said. Ethinylestradiol “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, ethinylestradiol but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Ethinylestradiol Halfway into his first season, ethinylestradiol it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, ethinylestradiol and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, ethinylestradiol in the spring, ethinylestradiol that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, ethinylestradiol ‘All right, ethinylestradiol we got it, ethinylestradiol’ because we still have so much work to do, ethinylestradiol” Lloyd said. Ethinylestradiol “We’re working hard to improve on that, ethinylestradiol week by week and day by day, ethinylestradiol but it’s a group effort, ethinylestradiol and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Ethinylestradiol We just keep working at it, ethinylestradiol 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. Ethinylestradiol We’re always trying to make those improvements. Ethinylestradiol 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, ethinylestradiol Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, ethinylestradiol which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, ethinylestradiol448 yards. Ethinylestradiol That number appears safe, ethinylestradiol barring an exceptional second half, ethinylestradiol but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, ethinylestradiol 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. Ethinylestradiol It could be a different standout every week, ethinylestradiol either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, ethinylestradiol regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, ethinylestradiol I’ve never been declared a No. Ethinylestradiol 1 target, ethinylestradiol like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, ethinylestradiol where it’s clear, ethinylestradiol” said Lloyd, ethinylestradiol who is in his 10th season, ethinylestradiol but is already on his sixth organization. Ethinylestradiol “Coming to a team like this, ethinylestradiol it’s natural for me, ethinylestradiol to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, ethinylestradiol I’ll be available for him. Ethinylestradiol They want me to be open, ethinylestradiol and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, ethinylestradiol Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Ethinylestradiol What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, ethinylestradiol working mostly on the outside, ethinylestradiol 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, ethinylestradiol when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Ethinylestradiol Impressive, ethinylestradiol but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, ethinylestradiol when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, ethinylestradiol they mean more, ethinylestradiol they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, ethinylestradiol coming into November and December, ethinylestradiol” Lloyd said. Ethinylestradiol “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, ethinylestradiol so you have stuff you can look forward to, ethinylestradiol stuff that you can improve on.”
Michael Whitmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ethinylestradiol Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.