Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find colace 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 colace signed to a three-year, find colace $12 million deal in the offseason, find colace began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find colace eight the next week, find colace then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find colace 80-yard game at Seattle, find colace Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find colace He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find colace including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find colace 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find colace Both, find colace though, find colace went for touchdowns, find colace 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 colace can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find colace” he said.
True, find colace but both went for touchdowns. Find colace Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find colace two touchdowns, find colace” Lloyd said. Find colace “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find colace but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find colace Halfway into his first season, find colace it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find colace and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find colace in the spring, find colace that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find colace ‘All right, find colace we got it, find colace’ because we still have so much work to do, find colace” Lloyd said. Find colace “We’re working hard to improve on that, find colace week by week and day by day, find colace but it’s a group effort, find colace and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find colace We just keep working at it, find colace 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 colace We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find colace 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 colace Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find colace which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find colace448 yards. Find colace That number appears safe, find colace barring an exceptional second half, find colace but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find colace 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 colace It could be a different standout every week, find colace either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find colace regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find colace I’ve never been declared a No. Find colace 1 target, find colace like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find colace where it’s clear, find colace” said Lloyd, find colace who is in his 10th season, find colace but is already on his sixth organization. Find colace “Coming to a team like this, find colace it’s natural for me, find colace to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find colace I’ll be available for him. Find colace They want me to be open, find colace and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find colace Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find colace What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find colace working mostly on the outside, find colace 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 colace when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find colace Impressive, find colace but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find colace when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find colace they mean more, find colace they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find colace coming into November and December, find colace” Lloyd said. Find colace “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find colace so you have stuff you can look forward to, find colace stuff that you can improve on.”
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