Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, miconazole 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, miconazole signed to a three-year, miconazole $12 million deal in the offseason, miconazole began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, miconazole eight the next week, miconazole then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, miconazole 80-yard game at Seattle, miconazole Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Miconazole He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, miconazole including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Miconazole 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Miconazole Both, miconazole though, miconazole went for touchdowns, miconazole 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, miconazole can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, miconazole” he said.
True, miconazole but both went for touchdowns. Miconazole Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, miconazole two touchdowns, miconazole” Lloyd said. Miconazole “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, miconazole but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Miconazole Halfway into his first season, miconazole it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, miconazole and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, miconazole in the spring, miconazole that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, miconazole ‘All right, miconazole we got it, miconazole’ because we still have so much work to do, miconazole” Lloyd said. Miconazole “We’re working hard to improve on that, miconazole week by week and day by day, miconazole but it’s a group effort, miconazole and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Miconazole We just keep working at it, miconazole 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. Miconazole We’re always trying to make those improvements. Miconazole 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, miconazole Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, miconazole which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, miconazole448 yards. Miconazole That number appears safe, miconazole barring an exceptional second half, miconazole but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, miconazole 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. Miconazole It could be a different standout every week, miconazole either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, miconazole regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, miconazole I’ve never been declared a No. Miconazole 1 target, miconazole like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, miconazole where it’s clear, miconazole” said Lloyd, miconazole who is in his 10th season, miconazole but is already on his sixth organization. Miconazole “Coming to a team like this, miconazole it’s natural for me, miconazole to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, miconazole I’ll be available for him. Miconazole They want me to be open, miconazole and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, miconazole Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Miconazole What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, miconazole working mostly on the outside, miconazole 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, miconazole when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Miconazole Impressive, miconazole but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, miconazole when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, miconazole they mean more, miconazole they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, miconazole coming into November and December, miconazole” Lloyd said. Miconazole “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, miconazole so you have stuff you can look forward to, miconazole stuff that you can improve on.”
Michael Whitmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Miconazole Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.