Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find benadryl 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 benadryl signed to a three-year, find benadryl $12 million deal in the offseason, find benadryl began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find benadryl eight the next week, find benadryl then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find benadryl 80-yard game at Seattle, find benadryl Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find benadryl He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find benadryl including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find benadryl 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find benadryl Both, find benadryl though, find benadryl went for touchdowns, find benadryl 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 benadryl can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find benadryl” he said.
True, find benadryl but both went for touchdowns. Find benadryl Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find benadryl two touchdowns, find benadryl” Lloyd said. Find benadryl “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find benadryl but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find benadryl Halfway into his first season, find benadryl it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find benadryl and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find benadryl in the spring, find benadryl that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find benadryl ‘All right, find benadryl we got it, find benadryl’ because we still have so much work to do, find benadryl” Lloyd said. Find benadryl “We’re working hard to improve on that, find benadryl week by week and day by day, find benadryl but it’s a group effort, find benadryl and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find benadryl We just keep working at it, find benadryl 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 benadryl We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find benadryl 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 benadryl Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find benadryl which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find benadryl448 yards. Find benadryl That number appears safe, find benadryl barring an exceptional second half, find benadryl but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find benadryl 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 benadryl It could be a different standout every week, find benadryl either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find benadryl regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find benadryl I’ve never been declared a No. Find benadryl 1 target, find benadryl like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find benadryl where it’s clear, find benadryl” said Lloyd, find benadryl who is in his 10th season, find benadryl but is already on his sixth organization. Find benadryl “Coming to a team like this, find benadryl it’s natural for me, find benadryl to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find benadryl I’ll be available for him. Find benadryl They want me to be open, find benadryl and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find benadryl Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find benadryl What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find benadryl working mostly on the outside, find benadryl 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 benadryl when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find benadryl Impressive, find benadryl but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find benadryl when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find benadryl they mean more, find benadryl they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find benadryl coming into November and December, find benadryl” Lloyd said. Find benadryl “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find benadryl so you have stuff you can look forward to, find benadryl stuff that you can improve on.”
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