Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find alli 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, find alli signed to a three-year, find alli $12 million deal in the offseason, find alli began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find alli eight the next week, find alli then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find alli 80-yard game at Seattle, find alli Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find alli He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find alli including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find alli 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find alli Both, find alli though, find alli went for touchdowns, find alli 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, find alli can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find alli” he said.
True, find alli but both went for touchdowns. Find alli Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find alli two touchdowns, find alli” Lloyd said. Find alli “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find alli but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find alli Halfway into his first season, find alli it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find alli and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find alli in the spring, find alli that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find alli ‘All right, find alli we got it, find alli’ because we still have so much work to do, find alli” Lloyd said. Find alli “We’re working hard to improve on that, find alli week by week and day by day, find alli but it’s a group effort, find alli and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find alli We just keep working at it, find alli 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. Find alli We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find alli 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, find alli Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find alli which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find alli448 yards. Find alli That number appears safe, find alli barring an exceptional second half, find alli but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find alli 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. Find alli It could be a different standout every week, find alli either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find alli regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find alli I’ve never been declared a No. Find alli 1 target, find alli like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find alli where it’s clear, find alli” said Lloyd, find alli who is in his 10th season, find alli but is already on his sixth organization. Find alli “Coming to a team like this, find alli it’s natural for me, find alli to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find alli I’ll be available for him. Find alli They want me to be open, find alli and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find alli Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find alli What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find alli working mostly on the outside, find alli 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, find alli when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find alli Impressive, find alli but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find alli when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find alli they mean more, find alli they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find alli coming into November and December, find alli” Lloyd said. Find alli “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find alli so you have stuff you can look forward to, find alli stuff that you can improve on.”
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