Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, fertility 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, fertility signed to a three-year, fertility $12 million deal in the offseason, fertility began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, fertility eight the next week, fertility then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, fertility 80-yard game at Seattle, fertility Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Fertility He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, fertility including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Fertility 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Fertility Both, fertility though, fertility went for touchdowns, fertility 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, fertility can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, fertility” he said.
True, fertility but both went for touchdowns. Fertility Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, fertility two touchdowns, fertility” Lloyd said. Fertility “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, fertility but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Fertility Halfway into his first season, fertility it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, fertility and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, fertility in the spring, fertility that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, fertility ‘All right, fertility we got it, fertility’ because we still have so much work to do, fertility” Lloyd said. Fertility “We’re working hard to improve on that, fertility week by week and day by day, fertility but it’s a group effort, fertility and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Fertility We just keep working at it, fertility 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. Fertility We’re always trying to make those improvements. Fertility 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, fertility Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, fertility which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, fertility448 yards. Fertility That number appears safe, fertility barring an exceptional second half, fertility but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, fertility 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. Fertility It could be a different standout every week, fertility either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, fertility regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, fertility I’ve never been declared a No. Fertility 1 target, fertility like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, fertility where it’s clear, fertility” said Lloyd, fertility who is in his 10th season, fertility but is already on his sixth organization. Fertility “Coming to a team like this, fertility it’s natural for me, fertility to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, fertility I’ll be available for him. Fertility They want me to be open, fertility and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, fertility Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Fertility What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, fertility working mostly on the outside, fertility 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, fertility when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Fertility Impressive, fertility but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, fertility when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, fertility they mean more, fertility they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, fertility coming into November and December, fertility” Lloyd said. Fertility “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, fertility so you have stuff you can look forward to, fertility stuff that you can improve on.”
Michael Whitmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fertility Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.