Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, procardia xl 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, procardia xl signed to a three-year, procardia xl $12 million deal in the offseason, procardia xl began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, procardia xl eight the next week, procardia xl then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, procardia xl 80-yard game at Seattle, procardia xl Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Procardia xl He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, procardia xl including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Procardia xl 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Procardia xl Both, procardia xl though, procardia xl went for touchdowns, procardia xl 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, procardia xl can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, procardia xl” he said.
True, procardia xl but both went for touchdowns. Procardia xl Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, procardia xl two touchdowns, procardia xl” Lloyd said. Procardia xl “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, procardia xl but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Procardia xl Halfway into his first season, procardia xl it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, procardia xl and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, procardia xl in the spring, procardia xl that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, procardia xl ‘All right, procardia xl we got it, procardia xl’ because we still have so much work to do, procardia xl” Lloyd said. Procardia xl “We’re working hard to improve on that, procardia xl week by week and day by day, procardia xl but it’s a group effort, procardia xl and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Procardia xl We just keep working at it, procardia xl 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. Procardia xl We’re always trying to make those improvements. Procardia xl 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, procardia xl Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, procardia xl which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, procardia xl448 yards. Procardia xl That number appears safe, procardia xl barring an exceptional second half, procardia xl but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, procardia xl 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. Procardia xl It could be a different standout every week, procardia xl either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, procardia xl regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, procardia xl I’ve never been declared a No. Procardia xl 1 target, procardia xl like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, procardia xl where it’s clear, procardia xl” said Lloyd, procardia xl who is in his 10th season, procardia xl but is already on his sixth organization. Procardia xl “Coming to a team like this, procardia xl it’s natural for me, procardia xl to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, procardia xl I’ll be available for him. Procardia xl They want me to be open, procardia xl and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, procardia xl Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Procardia xl What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, procardia xl working mostly on the outside, procardia xl 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, procardia xl when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Procardia xl Impressive, procardia xl but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, procardia xl when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, procardia xl they mean more, procardia xl they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, procardia xl coming into November and December, procardia xl” Lloyd said. Procardia xl “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, procardia xl so you have stuff you can look forward to, procardia xl stuff that you can improve on.”
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