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Brandon Lloyd caught two passes in the Patriots’ last game two weeks ago — both for TDs.
Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, topical anesthetic 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, topical anesthetic signed to a three-year, topical anesthetic $12 million deal in the offseason, topical anesthetic began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, topical anesthetic eight the next week, topical anesthetic then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.

Save for a six-catch, topical anesthetic 80-yard game at Seattle, topical anesthetic Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Topical anesthetic He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, topical anesthetic including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Topical anesthetic 21.

His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Topical anesthetic Both, topical anesthetic though, topical anesthetic went for touchdowns, topical anesthetic 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, topical anesthetic can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?

“It was two catches, topical anesthetic” he said.

True, topical anesthetic but both went for touchdowns. Topical anesthetic Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, topical anesthetic two touchdowns, topical anesthetic” Lloyd said. Topical anesthetic “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, topical anesthetic but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Topical anesthetic Halfway into his first season, topical anesthetic it remains very much a work in progress.

For Lloyd, topical anesthetic and for Brady.

“I think I said earlier, topical anesthetic in the spring, topical anesthetic that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, topical anesthetic ‘All right, topical anesthetic we got it, topical anesthetic’ because we still have so much work to do, topical anesthetic” Lloyd said. Topical anesthetic “We’re working hard to improve on that, topical anesthetic week by week and day by day, topical anesthetic but it’s a group effort, topical anesthetic and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Topical anesthetic We just keep working at it, topical anesthetic 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. Topical anesthetic We’re always trying to make those improvements. Topical anesthetic 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, topical anesthetic Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, topical anesthetic which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, topical anesthetic448 yards. Topical anesthetic That number appears safe, topical anesthetic barring an exceptional second half, topical anesthetic but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, topical anesthetic 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. Topical anesthetic It could be a different standout every week, topical anesthetic either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

“The teams that I’ve been on, topical anesthetic regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, topical anesthetic I’ve never been declared a No. Topical anesthetic 1 target, topical anesthetic like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, topical anesthetic where it’s clear, topical anesthetic” said Lloyd, topical anesthetic who is in his 10th season, topical anesthetic but is already on his sixth organization. Topical anesthetic “Coming to a team like this, topical anesthetic it’s natural for me, topical anesthetic to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, topical anesthetic I’ll be available for him. Topical anesthetic They want me to be open, topical anesthetic and they want me to catch the ball.”

Targeted 69 times this season, topical anesthetic Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Topical anesthetic What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, topical anesthetic working mostly on the outside, topical anesthetic 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, topical anesthetic when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Topical anesthetic Impressive, topical anesthetic but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, topical anesthetic when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.

“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, topical anesthetic they mean more, topical anesthetic they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, topical anesthetic coming into November and December, topical anesthetic” Lloyd said. Topical anesthetic “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, topical anesthetic so you have stuff you can look forward to, topical anesthetic stuff that you can improve on.”

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