Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free nutridrine 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 nutridrine signed to a three-year, free nutridrine $12 million deal in the offseason, free nutridrine began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free nutridrine eight the next week, free nutridrine then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free nutridrine 80-yard game at Seattle, free nutridrine Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free nutridrine He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free nutridrine including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free nutridrine 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free nutridrine Both, free nutridrine though, free nutridrine went for touchdowns, free nutridrine 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 nutridrine can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free nutridrine” he said.
True, free nutridrine but both went for touchdowns. Free nutridrine Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free nutridrine two touchdowns, free nutridrine” Lloyd said. Free nutridrine “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free nutridrine but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free nutridrine Halfway into his first season, free nutridrine it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, free nutridrine and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, free nutridrine in the spring, free nutridrine that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free nutridrine ‘All right, free nutridrine we got it, free nutridrine’ because we still have so much work to do, free nutridrine” Lloyd said. Free nutridrine “We’re working hard to improve on that, free nutridrine week by week and day by day, free nutridrine but it’s a group effort, free nutridrine and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free nutridrine We just keep working at it, free nutridrine 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 nutridrine We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free nutridrine 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 nutridrine Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free nutridrine which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free nutridrine448 yards. Free nutridrine That number appears safe, free nutridrine barring an exceptional second half, free nutridrine but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free nutridrine 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 nutridrine It could be a different standout every week, free nutridrine either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free nutridrine regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free nutridrine I’ve never been declared a No. Free nutridrine 1 target, free nutridrine like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free nutridrine where it’s clear, free nutridrine” said Lloyd, free nutridrine who is in his 10th season, free nutridrine but is already on his sixth organization. Free nutridrine “Coming to a team like this, free nutridrine it’s natural for me, free nutridrine to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free nutridrine I’ll be available for him. Free nutridrine They want me to be open, free nutridrine and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free nutridrine Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free nutridrine What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free nutridrine working mostly on the outside, free nutridrine 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 nutridrine when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free nutridrine Impressive, free nutridrine but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free nutridrine when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free nutridrine they mean more, free nutridrine they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free nutridrine coming into November and December, free nutridrine” Lloyd said. Free nutridrine “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free nutridrine so you have stuff you can look forward to, free nutridrine stuff that you can improve on.”
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