Vascular Dementia

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

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

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

“It was two catches, vascular dementia” he said.

True, vascular dementia but both went for touchdowns. Vascular dementia Won’t that help his confidence?

“It was two catches, vascular dementia two touchdowns, vascular dementia” Lloyd said. Vascular dementia “We still have a lot of work to do.”

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

For Lloyd, vascular dementia and for Brady.

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

Said Brady: “I hope it keeps getting better. Vascular dementia We just keep working at it, vascular dementia 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. Vascular dementia We’re always trying to make those improvements. Vascular dementia 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, vascular dementia Lloyd is on pace to challenge his career high of 77 catches, vascular dementia which came two seasons ago with the Broncos when he piled up a career-best 1, vascular dementia448 yards. Vascular dementia That number appears safe, vascular dementia barring an exceptional second half, vascular dementia but Lloyd can become a dangerous complementary piece, vascular dementia 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. Vascular dementia It could be a different standout every week, vascular dementia either from a pass catcher or running back Stevan Ridley.

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

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

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

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