Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, find ultracet 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 ultracet signed to a three-year, find ultracet $12 million deal in the offseason, find ultracet began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, find ultracet eight the next week, find ultracet then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, find ultracet 80-yard game at Seattle, find ultracet Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Find ultracet He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, find ultracet including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Find ultracet 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Find ultracet Both, find ultracet though, find ultracet went for touchdowns, find ultracet 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 ultracet can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, find ultracet” he said.
True, find ultracet but both went for touchdowns. Find ultracet Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, find ultracet two touchdowns, find ultracet” Lloyd said. Find ultracet “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, find ultracet but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Find ultracet Halfway into his first season, find ultracet it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, find ultracet and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, find ultracet in the spring, find ultracet that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, find ultracet ‘All right, find ultracet we got it, find ultracet’ because we still have so much work to do, find ultracet” Lloyd said. Find ultracet “We’re working hard to improve on that, find ultracet week by week and day by day, find ultracet but it’s a group effort, find ultracet and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Find ultracet We just keep working at it, find ultracet 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 ultracet We’re always trying to make those improvements. Find ultracet 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 ultracet Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, find ultracet which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, find ultracet448 yards. Find ultracet That number appears safe, find ultracet barring an exceptional second half, find ultracet but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, find ultracet 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 ultracet It could be a different standout every week, find ultracet either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, find ultracet regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, find ultracet I’ve never been declared a No. Find ultracet 1 target, find ultracet like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, find ultracet where it’s clear, find ultracet” said Lloyd, find ultracet who is in his 10th season, find ultracet but is already on his sixth organization. Find ultracet “Coming to a team like this, find ultracet it’s natural for me, find ultracet to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, find ultracet I’ll be available for him. Find ultracet They want me to be open, find ultracet and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, find ultracet Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Find ultracet What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, find ultracet working mostly on the outside, find ultracet 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 ultracet when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Find ultracet Impressive, find ultracet but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, find ultracet when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, find ultracet they mean more, find ultracet they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, find ultracet coming into November and December, find ultracet” Lloyd said. Find ultracet “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, find ultracet so you have stuff you can look forward to, find ultracet stuff that you can improve on.”
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