Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find imitrex 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 imitrex signed to a three-year, find imitrex $12 million deal in the offseason, find imitrex began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find imitrex eight the next week, find imitrex then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find imitrex 80-yard game at Seattle, find imitrex Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find imitrex He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find imitrex including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find imitrex 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find imitrex Both, find imitrex though, find imitrex went for touchdowns, find imitrex 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 imitrex can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find imitrex” he said.
True, find imitrex but both went for touchdowns. Find imitrex Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find imitrex two touchdowns, find imitrex” Lloyd said. Find imitrex “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find imitrex but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find imitrex Halfway into his first season, find imitrex it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find imitrex and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find imitrex in the spring, find imitrex that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find imitrex ‘All right, find imitrex we got it, find imitrex’ because we still have so much work to do, find imitrex” Lloyd said. Find imitrex “We’re working hard to improve on that, find imitrex week by week and day by day, find imitrex but it’s a group effort, find imitrex and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find imitrex We just keep working at it, find imitrex 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 imitrex We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find imitrex 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 imitrex Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find imitrex which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find imitrex448 yards. Find imitrex That number appears safe, find imitrex barring an exceptional second half, find imitrex but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find imitrex 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 imitrex It could be a different standout every week, find imitrex either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find imitrex regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find imitrex I’ve never been declared a No. Find imitrex 1 target, find imitrex like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find imitrex where it’s clear, find imitrex” said Lloyd, find imitrex who is in his 10th season, find imitrex but is already on his sixth organization. Find imitrex “Coming to a team like this, find imitrex it’s natural for me, find imitrex to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find imitrex I’ll be available for him. Find imitrex They want me to be open, find imitrex and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find imitrex Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find imitrex What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find imitrex working mostly on the outside, find imitrex 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 imitrex when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find imitrex Impressive, find imitrex but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find imitrex when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find imitrex they mean more, find imitrex they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find imitrex coming into November and December, find imitrex” Lloyd said. Find imitrex “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find imitrex so you have stuff you can look forward to, find imitrex stuff that you can improve on.”
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