Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find periactin 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 periactin signed to a three-year, find periactin $12 million deal in the offseason, find periactin began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find periactin eight the next week, find periactin then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find periactin 80-yard game at Seattle, find periactin Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find periactin He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find periactin including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find periactin 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find periactin Both, find periactin though, find periactin went for touchdowns, find periactin 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 periactin can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find periactin” he said.
True, find periactin but both went for touchdowns. Find periactin Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find periactin two touchdowns, find periactin” Lloyd said. Find periactin “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find periactin but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find periactin Halfway into his first season, find periactin it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find periactin and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find periactin in the spring, find periactin that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find periactin ‘All right, find periactin we got it, find periactin’ because we still have so much work to do, find periactin” Lloyd said. Find periactin “We’re working hard to improve on that, find periactin week by week and day by day, find periactin but it’s a group effort, find periactin and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find periactin We just keep working at it, find periactin 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 periactin We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find periactin 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 periactin Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find periactin which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find periactin448 yards. Find periactin That number appears safe, find periactin barring an exceptional second half, find periactin but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find periactin 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 periactin It could be a different standout every week, find periactin either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find periactin regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find periactin I’ve never been declared a No. Find periactin 1 target, find periactin like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find periactin where it’s clear, find periactin” said Lloyd, find periactin who is in his 10th season, find periactin but is already on his sixth organization. Find periactin “Coming to a team like this, find periactin it’s natural for me, find periactin to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find periactin I’ll be available for him. Find periactin They want me to be open, find periactin and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find periactin Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find periactin What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find periactin working mostly on the outside, find periactin 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 periactin when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find periactin Impressive, find periactin but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find periactin when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find periactin they mean more, find periactin they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find periactin coming into November and December, find periactin” Lloyd said. Find periactin “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find periactin so you have stuff you can look forward to, find periactin stuff that you can improve on.”
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