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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
November 9, mentax free sample 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, mentax free sample signed to a three-year, mentax free sample $12 million deal in the offseason, mentax free sample began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, mentax free sample eight the next week, mentax free sample then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

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

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

“It was two catches, mentax free sample” he said.

True, mentax free sample but both went for touchdowns. Mentax free sample Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, mentax free sample two touchdowns, mentax free sample” Lloyd said. Mentax free sample “We still have a lot of work to do.”

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

For Lloyd, mentax free sample and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Mentax free sample We just keep working at it, mentax free sample 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. Mentax free sample We’re always trying to make those improvements. Mentax free sample 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, mentax free sample Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, mentax free sample which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, mentax free sample448 yards. Mentax free sample That number appears safe, mentax free sample barring an exceptional second half, mentax free sample but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, mentax free sample 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. Mentax free sample It could be a different standout every week, mentax free sample either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

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