Globe Staff | By Michael Whitmer
November 9, typhoid fever 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, typhoid fever signed to a three-year, typhoid fever $12 million deal in the offseason, typhoid fever began his Patriots career with a bang: five catches in Week 1, typhoid fever eight the next week, typhoid fever then a season-high nine (for a season-high 108 yards) the week after that.
Save for a six-catch, typhoid fever 80-yard game at Seattle, typhoid fever Lloyd’s numbers have dipped a bit since those first three weeks. Typhoid fever He’s been held to three receptions or fewer in four of the Patriots’ last five games, typhoid fever including a single 6-yard grab in the overtime win against the Jets on Oct. Typhoid fever 21.
His most recent game — the 45-7 victory over the Rams in London — saw Lloyd catch just two passes. Typhoid fever Both, typhoid fever though, typhoid fever went for touchdowns, typhoid fever 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, typhoid fever can Lloyd carry over that momentum of getting into the end zone?
“It was two catches, typhoid fever” he said.
True, typhoid fever but both went for touchdowns. Typhoid fever Won’t that help his confidence?
“It was two catches, typhoid fever two touchdowns, typhoid fever” Lloyd said. Typhoid fever “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Lloyd has made it his goal of establishing good chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, typhoid fever but knew it wouldn’t happen overnight. Typhoid fever Halfway into his first season, typhoid fever it remains very much a work in progress.
For Lloyd, typhoid fever and for Brady.
“I think I said earlier, typhoid fever in the spring, typhoid fever that I don’t think this year we’ll be at a point where we’re like, typhoid fever ‘All right, typhoid fever we got it, typhoid fever’ because we still have so much work to do, typhoid fever” Lloyd said. Typhoid fever “We’re working hard to improve on that, typhoid fever week by week and day by day, typhoid fever but it’s a group effort, typhoid fever and that’s what we’re moving forward with.”
Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Typhoid fever We just keep working at it, typhoid fever 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. Typhoid fever We’re always trying to make those improvements. Typhoid fever 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, typhoid fever Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, typhoid fever which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, typhoid fever448 yards. Typhoid fever That number appears safe, typhoid fever barring an exceptional second half, typhoid fever but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, typhoid fever 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. Typhoid fever It could be a different standout every week, typhoid fever either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.
“The teams that I’ve been on, typhoid fever regardless how talented that I’ve been compared to other pass catchers, typhoid fever I’ve never been declared a No. Typhoid fever 1 target, typhoid fever like a Larry Fitzgerald or a Calvin Johnson, typhoid fever where it’s clear, typhoid fever” said Lloyd, typhoid fever who is in his 10th season, typhoid fever but is already on his sixth organization. Typhoid fever “Coming to a team like this, typhoid fever it’s natural for me, typhoid fever to make sure that the chemistry between me and Tom is there so when he needs me as an option, typhoid fever I’ll be available for him. Typhoid fever They want me to be open, typhoid fever and they want me to catch the ball.”
Targeted 69 times this season, typhoid fever Brady and Lloyd are missing almost as often as they’re connecting. Typhoid fever What felt forced early in the season is now a normal part of the offense: Lloyd, typhoid fever working mostly on the outside, typhoid fever 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, typhoid fever when Lloyd appeared to leap over a Smart Car moving at 35 miles an hour. Typhoid fever Impressive, typhoid fever but Patriots fans would prefer to see him soaring into end zones in the second half of the season, typhoid fever when championships are decided and playoff posturing begins.
“It seems like the games are a lot bigger, typhoid fever they mean more, typhoid fever they’re more important coming into the second half of the season, typhoid fever coming into November and December, typhoid fever” Lloyd said. Typhoid fever “Things are starting to shake out in the conferences and the divisions, typhoid fever so you have stuff you can look forward to, typhoid fever stuff that you can improve on.”
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