Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, order kytril 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 kytril signed to a three-year, order kytril $12 million deal in the offseason, order kytril began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, order kytril eight the next week, order kytril then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, order kytril 80-yard game at Seattle, order kytril Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Order kytril He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, order kytril including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Order kytril 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Order kytril Both, order kytril though, order kytril went for touchdowns, order kytril 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 kytril can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, order kytril” he said.
True, order kytril but both went for touchdowns. Order kytril Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, order kytril two touchdowns, order kytril” Lloyd said. Order kytril “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, order kytril but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Order kytril Halfway into his first season, order kytril it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, order kytril and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, order kytril in the spring, order kytril that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, order kytril ‘All right, order kytril we got it, order kytril’ because we still have so much work to do, order kytril” Lloyd said. Order kytril “We’re working hard to improve on that, order kytril week by week and day by day, order kytril but it’s a group effort, order kytril and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Order kytril We just keep working at it, order kytril 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 kytril We’re always trying to make those improvements. Order kytril 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 kytril Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, order kytril which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, order kytril448 yards. Order kytril That number appears safe, order kytril barring an exceptional second half, order kytril but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, order kytril 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 kytril It could be a different standout every week, order kytril either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, order kytril regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, order kytril I’ve never been declared a No. Order kytril 1 target, order kytril like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, order kytril where it’s clear, order kytril” said Lloyd, order kytril who is in his 10th season, order kytril but is already on his sixth organization. Order kytril “Coming to a team like this, order kytril it’s natural for me, order kytril to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, order kytril I’ll be available for him. Order kytril They want me to be open, order kytril and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, order kytril Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Order kytril What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, order kytril working mostly on the outside, order kytril 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 kytril when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Order kytril Impressive, order kytril but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, order kytril when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, order kytril they mean more, order kytril they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, order kytril coming into November and December, order kytril” Lloyd said. Order kytril “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, order kytril so you have stuff you can look forward to, order kytril stuff that you can improve on.”
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