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By Mike Fine, medrol free sample The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, medrol free sample Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
Lloyd had just resurrected himself with seven catches for 89 yards, medrol free sample including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Medrol free sample He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Medrol free sample Two touchdowns in the biggest game of the season and Lloyd acted like he’d done nothing more than buy a can of Coke at 7-Eleven. Medrol free sample It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, medrol free sample he was asked?
“I don’t know, medrol free sample” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, medrol free sample he was reminded, medrol free sample as if he didn't realize the Texans, medrol free sample who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, medrol free sample were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, medrol free sample the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, medrol free sample but we still have things we need to improve on, medrol free sample” he said. Medrol free sample “I think we had a great week of practice and we did the things that were necessary to come out and execute well and it was a team effort.”
Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, medrol free sample which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Medrol free sample It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, medrol free sample the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, medrol free sample Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Medrol free sample Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, medrol free sample and he was off for the end zone, medrol free sample giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Medrol free sample “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, medrol free sample” he said, medrol free sample “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, medrol free sample and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, medrol free sample” said coach Bill Belichick. Medrol free sample “That was great protection, medrol free sample great run fake, medrol free sample and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Medrol free sample The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, medrol free sample but also for Lloyd. Medrol free sample A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, medrol free sample capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Medrol free sample In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, medrol free sample and even his ability to mesh with Brady, medrol free sample so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Medrol free sample Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Medrol free sample He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, medrol free sample either. Medrol free sample “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, medrol free sample we’re just executing the plays. Medrol free sample I haven’t seen the film, medrol free sample but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, medrol free sample though, medrol free sample and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, medrol free sample only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, medrol free sample Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, medrol free sample” he said, medrol free sample when asked about that play. Medrol free sample “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Medrol free sample Pretty much all I know right now. Medrol free sample As long as it puts points on the board. Medrol free sample It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, medrol free sample not too low, medrol free sample that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Medrol free sample We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Medrol free sample “I don’t know. Medrol free sample I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, medrol free sample” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.