Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, tribulus plus 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, tribulus plus signed to a three-year, tribulus plus $12 million deal in the offseason, tribulus plus began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, tribulus plus eight the next week, tribulus plus then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, tribulus plus 80-yard game at Seattle, tribulus plus Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Tribulus plus He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, tribulus plus including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Tribulus plus 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Tribulus plus Both, tribulus plus though, tribulus plus went for touchdowns, tribulus plus 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, tribulus plus can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, tribulus plus” he said.
True, tribulus plus but both went for touchdowns. Tribulus plus Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, tribulus plus two touchdowns, tribulus plus” Lloyd said. Tribulus plus “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, tribulus plus but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Tribulus plus Halfway into his first season, tribulus plus it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, tribulus plus and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, tribulus plus in the spring, tribulus plus that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, tribulus plus ‘All right, tribulus plus we got it, tribulus plus’ because we still have so much work to do, tribulus plus” Lloyd said. Tribulus plus “We’re working hard to improve on that, tribulus plus week by week and day by day, tribulus plus but it’s a group effort, tribulus plus and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Tribulus plus We just keep working at it, tribulus plus 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. Tribulus plus We’re always trying to make those improvements. Tribulus plus 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, tribulus plus Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, tribulus plus which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, tribulus plus448 yards. Tribulus plus That number appears safe, tribulus plus barring an exceptional second half, tribulus plus but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, tribulus plus 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. Tribulus plus It could be a different standout every week, tribulus plus either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, tribulus plus regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, tribulus plus I’ve never been declared a No. Tribulus plus 1 target, tribulus plus like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, tribulus plus where it’s clear, tribulus plus” said Lloyd, tribulus plus who is in his 10th season, tribulus plus but is already on his sixth organization. Tribulus plus “Coming to a team like this, tribulus plus it’s natural for me, tribulus plus to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, tribulus plus I’ll be available for him. Tribulus plus They want me to be open, tribulus plus and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, tribulus plus Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Tribulus plus What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, tribulus plus working mostly on the outside, tribulus plus 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, tribulus plus when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Tribulus plus Impressive, tribulus plus but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, tribulus plus when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, tribulus plus they mean more, tribulus plus they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, tribulus plus coming into November and December, tribulus plus” Lloyd said. Tribulus plus “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, tribulus plus so you have stuff you can look forward to, tribulus plus stuff that you can improve on.”
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