Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, miglitol 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, miglitol signed to a three-year, miglitol $12 million deal in the offseason, miglitol began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, miglitol eight the next week, miglitol then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, miglitol 80-yard game at Seattle, miglitol Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Miglitol He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, miglitol including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Miglitol 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Miglitol Both, miglitol though, miglitol went for touchdowns, miglitol 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, miglitol can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, miglitol” he said.
True, miglitol but both went for touchdowns. Miglitol Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, miglitol two touchdowns, miglitol” Lloyd said. Miglitol “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, miglitol but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Miglitol Halfway into his first season, miglitol it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, miglitol and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, miglitol in the spring, miglitol that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, miglitol ‘All right, miglitol we got it, miglitol’ because we still have so much work to do, miglitol” Lloyd said. Miglitol “We’re working hard to improve on that, miglitol week by week and day by day, miglitol but it’s a group effort, miglitol and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Miglitol We just keep working at it, miglitol 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. Miglitol We’re always trying to make those improvements. Miglitol 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, miglitol Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, miglitol which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, miglitol448 yards. Miglitol That number appears safe, miglitol barring an exceptional second half, miglitol but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, miglitol 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. Miglitol It could be a different standout every week, miglitol either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, miglitol regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, miglitol I’ve never been declared a No. Miglitol 1 target, miglitol like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, miglitol where it’s clear, miglitol” said Lloyd, miglitol who is in his 10th season, miglitol but is already on his sixth organization. Miglitol “Coming to a team like this, miglitol it’s natural for me, miglitol to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, miglitol I’ll be available for him. Miglitol They want me to be open, miglitol and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, miglitol Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Miglitol What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, miglitol working mostly on the outside, miglitol 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, miglitol when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Miglitol Impressive, miglitol but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, miglitol when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, miglitol they mean more, miglitol they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, miglitol coming into November and December, miglitol” Lloyd said. Miglitol “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, miglitol so you have stuff you can look forward to, miglitol stuff that you can improve on.”
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