Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, norfloxacin 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, norfloxacin signed to a three-year, norfloxacin $12 million deal in the offseason, norfloxacin began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, norfloxacin eight the next week, norfloxacin then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, norfloxacin 80-yard game at Seattle, norfloxacin Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Norfloxacin He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, norfloxacin including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Norfloxacin 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Norfloxacin Both, norfloxacin though, norfloxacin went for touchdowns, norfloxacin 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, norfloxacin can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, norfloxacin” he said.
True, norfloxacin but both went for touchdowns. Norfloxacin Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, norfloxacin two touchdowns, norfloxacin” Lloyd said. Norfloxacin “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, norfloxacin but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Norfloxacin Halfway into his first season, norfloxacin it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, norfloxacin and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, norfloxacin in the spring, norfloxacin that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, norfloxacin ‘All right, norfloxacin we got it, norfloxacin’ because we still have so much work to do, norfloxacin” Lloyd said. Norfloxacin “We’re working hard to improve on that, norfloxacin week by week and day by day, norfloxacin but it’s a group effort, norfloxacin and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Norfloxacin We just keep working at it, norfloxacin 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. Norfloxacin We’re always trying to make those improvements. Norfloxacin 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, norfloxacin Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, norfloxacin which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, norfloxacin448 yards. Norfloxacin That number appears safe, norfloxacin barring an exceptional second half, norfloxacin but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, norfloxacin 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. Norfloxacin It could be a different standout every week, norfloxacin either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, norfloxacin regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, norfloxacin I’ve never been declared a No. Norfloxacin 1 target, norfloxacin like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, norfloxacin where it’s clear, norfloxacin” said Lloyd, norfloxacin who is in his 10th season, norfloxacin but is already on his sixth organization. Norfloxacin “Coming to a team like this, norfloxacin it’s natural for me, norfloxacin to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, norfloxacin I’ll be available for him. Norfloxacin They want me to be open, norfloxacin and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, norfloxacin Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Norfloxacin What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, norfloxacin working mostly on the outside, norfloxacin 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, norfloxacin when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Norfloxacin Impressive, norfloxacin but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, norfloxacin when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, norfloxacin they mean more, norfloxacin they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, norfloxacin coming into November and December, norfloxacin” Lloyd said. Norfloxacin “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, norfloxacin so you have stuff you can look forward to, norfloxacin stuff that you can improve on.”
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