Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find singulair 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 singulair signed to a three-year, find singulair $12 million deal in the offseason, find singulair began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find singulair eight the next week, find singulair then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find singulair 80-yard game at Seattle, find singulair Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find singulair He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find singulair including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find singulair 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find singulair Both, find singulair though, find singulair went for touchdowns, find singulair 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 singulair can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find singulair” he said.
True, find singulair but both went for touchdowns. Find singulair Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find singulair two touchdowns, find singulair” Lloyd said. Find singulair “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find singulair but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find singulair Halfway into his first season, find singulair it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find singulair and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find singulair in the spring, find singulair that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find singulair ‘All right, find singulair we got it, find singulair’ because we still have so much work to do, find singulair” Lloyd said. Find singulair “We’re working hard to improve on that, find singulair week by week and day by day, find singulair but it’s a group effort, find singulair and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find singulair We just keep working at it, find singulair 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 singulair We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find singulair 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 singulair Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find singulair which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find singulair448 yards. Find singulair That number appears safe, find singulair barring an exceptional second half, find singulair but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find singulair 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 singulair It could be a different standout every week, find singulair either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find singulair regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find singulair I’ve never been declared a No. Find singulair 1 target, find singulair like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find singulair where it’s clear, find singulair” said Lloyd, find singulair who is in his 10th season, find singulair but is already on his sixth organization. Find singulair “Coming to a team like this, find singulair it’s natural for me, find singulair to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find singulair I’ll be available for him. Find singulair They want me to be open, find singulair and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find singulair Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find singulair What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find singulair working mostly on the outside, find singulair 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 singulair when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find singulair Impressive, find singulair but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find singulair when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find singulair they mean more, find singulair they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find singulair coming into November and December, find singulair” Lloyd said. Find singulair “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find singulair so you have stuff you can look forward to, find singulair stuff that you can improve on.”
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