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Brandon Lloyd caught two passes in the Patriots’ last game two weeks ago — both for TDs.
Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
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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, lukol in canada signed to a three-year, lukol in canada $12 million deal in the offseason, lukol in canada began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, lukol in canada eight the next week, lukol in canada then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

Save for a six-catch, lukol in canada 80-yard game at Seattle, lukol in canada Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Lukol in canada He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, lukol in canada including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Lukol in canada 21.

His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Lukol in canada Both, lukol in canada though, lukol in canada went for touchdowns, lukol in canada 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, lukol in canada can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?

“It was two catches, lukol in canada” he said.

True, lukol in canada but both went for touchdowns. Lukol in canada Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, lukol in canada two touchdowns, lukol in canada” Lloyd said. Lukol in canada “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, lukol in canada but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Lukol in canada Halfway into his first season, lukol in canada it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, lukol in canada and for Brady.

“I think I said earlier, lukol in canada in the spring, lukol in canada that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, lukol in canada ‘All right, lukol in canada we got it, lukol in canada’ because we still have so much work to do, lukol in canada” Lloyd said. Lukol in canada “We’re working hard to improve on that, lukol in canada week by week and day by day, lukol in canada but it’s a group effort, lukol in canada and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Lukol in canada We just keep working at it, lukol in canada 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. Lukol in canada We’re always trying to make those improvements. Lukol in canada 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, lukol in canada Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, lukol in canada which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, lukol in canada448 yards. Lukol in canada That number appears safe, lukol in canada barring an exceptional second half, lukol in canada but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, lukol in canada 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. Lukol in canada It could be a different standout every week, lukol in canada either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

“The teams that I’ve been on, lukol in canada regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, lukol in canada I’ve never been declared a No. Lukol in canada 1 target, lukol in canada like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, lukol in canada where it’s clear, lukol in canada” said Lloyd, lukol in canada who is in his 10th season, lukol in canada but is already on his sixth organization. Lukol in canada “Coming to a team like this, lukol in canada it’s natural for me, lukol in canada to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, lukol in canada I’ll be available for him. Lukol in canada They want me to be open, lukol in canada and they want me to catch the ball.”

Targeted 69 times this season, lukol in canada Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Lukol in canada What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, lukol in canada working mostly on the outside, lukol in canada 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, lukol in canada when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Lukol in canada Impressive, lukol in canada but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, lukol in canada when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.

“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, lukol in canada they mean more, lukol in canada they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, lukol in canada coming into November and December, lukol in canada” Lloyd said. Lukol in canada “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, lukol in canada so you have stuff you can look forward to, lukol in canada stuff that you can improve on.”

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