Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free arimidex 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, free arimidex signed to a three-year, free arimidex $12 million deal in the offseason, free arimidex began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free arimidex eight the next week, free arimidex then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free arimidex 80-yard game at Seattle, free arimidex Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free arimidex He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free arimidex including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free arimidex 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free arimidex Both, free arimidex though, free arimidex went for touchdowns, free arimidex 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, free arimidex can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free arimidex” he said.
True, free arimidex but both went for touchdowns. Free arimidex Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free arimidex two touchdowns, free arimidex” Lloyd said. Free arimidex “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free arimidex but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free arimidex Halfway into his first season, free arimidex it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, free arimidex and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, free arimidex in the spring, free arimidex that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free arimidex ‘All right, free arimidex we got it, free arimidex’ because we still have so much work to do, free arimidex” Lloyd said. Free arimidex “We’re working hard to improve on that, free arimidex week by week and day by day, free arimidex but it’s a group effort, free arimidex and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free arimidex We just keep working at it, free arimidex 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. Free arimidex We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free arimidex 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, free arimidex Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free arimidex which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free arimidex448 yards. Free arimidex That number appears safe, free arimidex barring an exceptional second half, free arimidex but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free arimidex 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. Free arimidex It could be a different standout every week, free arimidex either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free arimidex regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free arimidex I’ve never been declared a No. Free arimidex 1 target, free arimidex like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free arimidex where it’s clear, free arimidex” said Lloyd, free arimidex who is in his 10th season, free arimidex but is already on his sixth organization. Free arimidex “Coming to a team like this, free arimidex it’s natural for me, free arimidex to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free arimidex I’ll be available for him. Free arimidex They want me to be open, free arimidex and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free arimidex Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free arimidex What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free arimidex working mostly on the outside, free arimidex 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, free arimidex when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free arimidex Impressive, free arimidex but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free arimidex when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free arimidex they mean more, free arimidex they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free arimidex coming into November and December, free arimidex” Lloyd said. Free arimidex “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free arimidex so you have stuff you can look forward to, free arimidex stuff that you can improve on.”
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