FOXBORO -- It's taken a few weeks, but Brandon Lloyd and Tom Brady are starting to apply the chemistry they were brewing during training camp to game days.
That fact became clear in Sunday's game against Baltimore, when the pair connected on a perfectly timed back-shoulder reception in the first quarter. It's a play they'd failed to complete a few times in previous weeks.
Lloyd now leads all receivers in catches (22) and targets (33) through three games.
The man could be giddy with excitement over his apparent assimilation, but Lloyd kept any or all of that to himself, as Lloyd is wont to do.
"It is what it is as far as being covered and the execution of the routes, but I feel like we're making progress."
Brady said there's good reason for the connections to continue.
"I have a lot of confidence in Brandon," the quarterback said. "Hes certainly earned it, with his work ethic and his ability to come in here and really digest all the information that hes gotten and developing chemistry with the other receivers. Hes made a lot of big plays for us early in the year."
When asked to expand on the relationship, Brady was far from effusive. It seemed he didn't feel the midst of a two-game losing streak is a good time to shell out merit badges.
"I think that were still working at it. We have a long season ahead of us. Weve made some plays; weve missed some. Were 1-2, so our chemistry in terms of our offense and what were doing isnt very good in general. Were going to try to make some improvements this week and try to see if we can do a better job against a good defense. Theyll really challenge us in all areas with their pass rush, with the secondary and way that they cover, theyre up tight and they jam you and they want to be physical. Its not like there are a lot of easy yards out there."
Here's the rest of Lloyd's Q&A with reporters:
What do you feel is the key to better execution in the red zone?
How close do you think you guys are to reaching your potential? Tom Brady and Deion Branch were saying that with just a few more points of execution, things will be clicking.
BL: "I don't know what the exact points are, but I just know that I need to do my part, you know, running the correct routes and making the plays when I get tapped to be productive in the red zone."
How would you describe the situation this team's in right now at 1-2?
BL: "I don't think I have an answer for that."
How big is this game coming up in Buffalo?
BL: "All the games are big. It's a divisional game, so it's important."
What's your reaction to the controversial conclusion of Monday night's Seattle-Green Bay game?
BL: "No reaction."
How good did it feel Sunday night to be in the flow of the offense? The wide receivers seemed to have a good night.
BL: "It seemed normal. All the stuff that we practiced we were able to go out and execute."
Can you feel the rhythm getting better and better with more game reps?
BL: "Yeah, it's about having success on Sunday's and again, continuing to practice as best we can to recreate those situations."