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Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, no rx styplon 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, no rx styplon signed to a three-year, no rx styplon $12 million deal in the offseason, no rx styplon began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, no rx styplon eight the next week, no rx styplon then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, no rx styplon 80-yard game at Seattle, no rx styplon Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. No rx styplon He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, no rx styplon including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. No rx styplon 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. No rx styplon Both, no rx styplon though, no rx styplon went for touchdowns, no rx styplon 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, no rx styplon can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, no rx styplon” he said.
True, no rx styplon but both went for touchdowns. No rx styplon Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, no rx styplon two touchdowns, no rx styplon” Lloyd said. No rx styplon “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, no rx styplon but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. No rx styplon Halfway into his first season, no rx styplon it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, no rx styplon and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, no rx styplon in the spring, no rx styplon that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, no rx styplon ‘All right, no rx styplon we got it, no rx styplon’ because we still have so much work to do, no rx styplon” Lloyd said. No rx styplon “We’re working hard to improve on that, no rx styplon week by week and day by day, no rx styplon but it’s a group effort, no rx styplon and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. No rx styplon We just keep working at it, no rx styplon 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. No rx styplon We’re always trying to make those improvements. No rx styplon 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, no rx styplon Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, no rx styplon which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, no rx styplon448 yards. No rx styplon That number appears safe, no rx styplon barring an exceptional second half, no rx styplon but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, no rx styplon 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. No rx styplon It could be a different standout every week, no rx styplon either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, no rx styplon regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, no rx styplon I’ve never been declared a No. No rx styplon 1 target, no rx styplon like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, no rx styplon where it’s clear, no rx styplon” said Lloyd, no rx styplon who is in his 10th season, no rx styplon but is already on his sixth organization. No rx styplon “Coming to a team like this, no rx styplon it’s natural for me, no rx styplon to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, no rx styplon I’ll be available for him. No rx styplon They want me to be open, no rx styplon and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, no rx styplon Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. No rx styplon What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, no rx styplon working mostly on the outside, no rx styplon 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, no rx styplon when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. No rx styplon Impressive, no rx styplon but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, no rx styplon when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, no rx styplon they mean more, no rx styplon they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, no rx styplon coming into November and December, no rx styplon” Lloyd said. No rx styplon “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, no rx styplon so you have stuff you can look forward to, no rx styplon stuff that you can improve on.”
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