Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, free zithromax 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 zithromax signed to a three-year, free zithromax $12 million deal in the offseason, free zithromax began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, free zithromax eight the next week, free zithromax then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, free zithromax 80-yard game at Seattle, free zithromax Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Free zithromax He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, free zithromax including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Free zithromax 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Free zithromax Both, free zithromax though, free zithromax went for touchdowns, free zithromax 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 zithromax can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, free zithromax” he said.
True, free zithromax but both went for touchdowns. Free zithromax Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, free zithromax two touchdowns, free zithromax” Lloyd said. Free zithromax “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, free zithromax but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Free zithromax Halfway into his first season, free zithromax it remains very much a work in progress.
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“I think I said earlier, free zithromax in the spring, free zithromax that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, free zithromax ‘All right, free zithromax we got it, free zithromax’ because we still have so much work to do, free zithromax” Lloyd said. Free zithromax “We’re working hard to improve on that, free zithromax week by week and day by day, free zithromax but it’s a group effort, free zithromax and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Free zithromax We just keep working at it, free zithromax 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 zithromax We’re always trying to make those improvements. Free zithromax 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 zithromax Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, free zithromax which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, free zithromax448 yards. Free zithromax That number appears safe, free zithromax barring an exceptional second half, free zithromax but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, free zithromax 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 zithromax It could be a different standout every week, free zithromax either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, free zithromax regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, free zithromax I’ve never been declared a No. Free zithromax 1 target, free zithromax like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, free zithromax where it’s clear, free zithromax” said Lloyd, free zithromax who is in his 10th season, free zithromax but is already on his sixth organization. Free zithromax “Coming to a team like this, free zithromax it’s natural for me, free zithromax to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, free zithromax I’ll be available for him. Free zithromax They want me to be open, free zithromax and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, free zithromax Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Free zithromax What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, free zithromax working mostly on the outside, free zithromax 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 zithromax when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Free zithromax Impressive, free zithromax but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, free zithromax when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, free zithromax they mean more, free zithromax they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, free zithromax coming into November and December, free zithromax” Lloyd said. Free zithromax “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, free zithromax so you have stuff you can look forward to, free zithromax stuff that you can improve on.”
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