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Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
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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 bcaa cod signed to a three-year, find bcaa cod $12 million deal in the offseason, find bcaa cod began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find bcaa cod eight the next week, find bcaa cod then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find bcaa cod 80-yard game at Seattle, find bcaa cod Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find bcaa cod He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find bcaa cod including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find bcaa cod 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find bcaa cod Both, find bcaa cod though, find bcaa cod went for touchdowns, find bcaa cod 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 bcaa cod can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find bcaa cod” he said.
True, find bcaa cod but both went for touchdowns. Find bcaa cod Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find bcaa cod two touchdowns, find bcaa cod” Lloyd said. Find bcaa cod “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find bcaa cod but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find bcaa cod Halfway into his first season, find bcaa cod it remains very much a work in progress.
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“I think I said earlier, find bcaa cod in the spring, find bcaa cod that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find bcaa cod ‘All right, find bcaa cod we got it, find bcaa cod’ because we still have so much work to do, find bcaa cod” Lloyd said. Find bcaa cod “We’re working hard to improve on that, find bcaa cod week by week and day by day, find bcaa cod but it’s a group effort, find bcaa cod and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find bcaa cod We just keep working at it, find bcaa cod 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 bcaa cod We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find bcaa cod 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 bcaa cod Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find bcaa cod which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find bcaa cod448 yards. Find bcaa cod That number appears safe, find bcaa cod barring an exceptional second half, find bcaa cod but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find bcaa cod 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 bcaa cod It could be a different standout every week, find bcaa cod either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
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Targeted 69 times this season, find bcaa cod Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find bcaa cod What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find bcaa cod working mostly on the outside, find bcaa cod 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 bcaa cod when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find bcaa cod Impressive, find bcaa cod but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find bcaa cod when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
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