Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, order crestor 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, order crestor signed to a three-year, order crestor $12 million deal in the offseason, order crestor began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, order crestor eight the next week, order crestor then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, order crestor 80-yard game at Seattle, order crestor Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Order crestor He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, order crestor including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Order crestor 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Order crestor Both, order crestor though, order crestor went for touchdowns, order crestor 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, order crestor can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, order crestor” he said.
True, order crestor but both went for touchdowns. Order crestor Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, order crestor two touchdowns, order crestor” Lloyd said. Order crestor “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, order crestor but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Order crestor Halfway into his first season, order crestor it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, order crestor and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, order crestor in the spring, order crestor that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, order crestor ‘All right, order crestor we got it, order crestor’ because we still have so much work to do, order crestor” Lloyd said. Order crestor “We’re working hard to improve on that, order crestor week by week and day by day, order crestor but it’s a group effort, order crestor and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Order crestor We just keep working at it, order crestor 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. Order crestor We’re always trying to make those improvements. Order crestor 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, order crestor Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, order crestor which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, order crestor448 yards. Order crestor That number appears safe, order crestor barring an exceptional second half, order crestor but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, order crestor 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. Order crestor It could be a different standout every week, order crestor either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, order crestor regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, order crestor I’ve never been declared a No. Order crestor 1 target, order crestor like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, order crestor where it’s clear, order crestor” said Lloyd, order crestor who is in his 10th season, order crestor but is already on his sixth organization. Order crestor “Coming to a team like this, order crestor it’s natural for me, order crestor to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, order crestor I’ll be available for him. Order crestor They want me to be open, order crestor and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, order crestor Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Order crestor What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, order crestor working mostly on the outside, order crestor 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, order crestor when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Order crestor Impressive, order crestor but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, order crestor when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, order crestor they mean more, order crestor they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, order crestor coming into November and December, order crestor” Lloyd said. Order crestor “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, order crestor so you have stuff you can look forward to, order crestor stuff that you can improve on.”
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