Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free serophene 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 serophene signed to a three-year, free serophene $12 million deal in the offseason, free serophene began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free serophene eight the next week, free serophene then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free serophene 80-yard game at Seattle, free serophene Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free serophene He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free serophene including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free serophene 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free serophene Both, free serophene though, free serophene went for touchdowns, free serophene 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 serophene can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free serophene” he said.
True, free serophene but both went for touchdowns. Free serophene Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free serophene two touchdowns, free serophene” Lloyd said. Free serophene “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free serophene but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free serophene Halfway into his first season, free serophene it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, free serophene and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, free serophene in the spring, free serophene that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free serophene ‘All right, free serophene we got it, free serophene’ because we still have so much work to do, free serophene” Lloyd said. Free serophene “We’re working hard to improve on that, free serophene week by week and day by day, free serophene but it’s a group effort, free serophene and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free serophene We just keep working at it, free serophene 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 serophene We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free serophene 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 serophene Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free serophene which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free serophene448 yards. Free serophene That number appears safe, free serophene barring an exceptional second half, free serophene but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free serophene 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 serophene It could be a different standout every week, free serophene either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free serophene regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free serophene I’ve never been declared a No. Free serophene 1 target, free serophene like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free serophene where it’s clear, free serophene” said Lloyd, free serophene who is in his 10th season, free serophene but is already on his sixth organization. Free serophene “Coming to a team like this, free serophene it’s natural for me, free serophene to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free serophene I’ll be available for him. Free serophene They want me to be open, free serophene and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free serophene Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free serophene What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free serophene working mostly on the outside, free serophene 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 serophene when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free serophene Impressive, free serophene but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free serophene when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free serophene they mean more, free serophene they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free serophene coming into November and December, free serophene” Lloyd said. Free serophene “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free serophene so you have stuff you can look forward to, free serophene stuff that you can improve on.”
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