Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, herbal vigor 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, herbal vigor signed to a three-year, herbal vigor $12 million deal in the offseason, herbal vigor began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, herbal vigor eight the next week, herbal vigor then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, herbal vigor 80-yard game at Seattle, herbal vigor Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Herbal vigor He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, herbal vigor including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Herbal vigor 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Herbal vigor Both, herbal vigor though, herbal vigor went for touchdowns, herbal vigor 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, herbal vigor can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, herbal vigor” he said.
True, herbal vigor but both went for touchdowns. Herbal vigor Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, herbal vigor two touchdowns, herbal vigor” Lloyd said. Herbal vigor “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, herbal vigor but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Herbal vigor Halfway into his first season, herbal vigor it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, herbal vigor and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, herbal vigor in the spring, herbal vigor that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, herbal vigor ‘All right, herbal vigor we got it, herbal vigor’ because we still have so much work to do, herbal vigor” Lloyd said. Herbal vigor “We’re working hard to improve on that, herbal vigor week by week and day by day, herbal vigor but it’s a group effort, herbal vigor and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Herbal vigor We just keep working at it, herbal vigor 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. Herbal vigor We’re always trying to make those improvements. Herbal vigor 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, herbal vigor Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, herbal vigor which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, herbal vigor448 yards. Herbal vigor That number appears safe, herbal vigor barring an exceptional second half, herbal vigor but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, herbal vigor 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. Herbal vigor It could be a different standout every week, herbal vigor either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, herbal vigor regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, herbal vigor I’ve never been declared a No. Herbal vigor 1 target, herbal vigor like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, herbal vigor where it’s clear, herbal vigor” said Lloyd, herbal vigor who is in his 10th season, herbal vigor but is already on his sixth organization. Herbal vigor “Coming to a team like this, herbal vigor it’s natural for me, herbal vigor to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, herbal vigor I’ll be available for him. Herbal vigor They want me to be open, herbal vigor and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, herbal vigor Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Herbal vigor What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, herbal vigor working mostly on the outside, herbal vigor 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, herbal vigor when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Herbal vigor Impressive, herbal vigor but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, herbal vigor when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, herbal vigor they mean more, herbal vigor they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, herbal vigor coming into November and December, herbal vigor” Lloyd said. Herbal vigor “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, herbal vigor so you have stuff you can look forward to, herbal vigor stuff that you can improve on.”
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