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Lloyd Believes His Time Will Come

Clinton Portis raced around left end looking for running room. Brandon Lloyd was there, pushing Dallas cornerback Anthony Henry aside five yards and completely out of the play.

The block cleared an outside running lane for Portis, who raced untouched into the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown run on Sunday against the Cowboys.

Lloyd believes his time will come as a big-play receiver in the Redskins offense. Meantime, he isn't shying away from doing what needs to be done to help Washington win.

"When the opportunity presents itself, you have to take advantage of it," he said after the Redskins' 22-19 win over Dallas. "You get a block like that on somebody and it feels like I scored that touchdown."

Through eight games in Washington, Lloyd has 13 catches for 190 yards and no touchdowns so far.

Last year, Lloyd turned in his best season as a pro, catching 48 passes for 733 yards and five touchdowns for the San Francisco 49ers.

The Redskins acquired Lloyd in a trade with the 49ers last March. Lloyd appeared ready to emerge as a solid, consistent NFL wide receiver, but he is still adjusting to Washington's offense.

His biggest play of the season was a 52-yard catch, beating one-on-one coverage, in the fourth quarter of the Oct. 15 game against Tennessee. The catch led to a touchdown, but the Redskins ended up losing the game 25-22.

With Santana Moss sidelined with a hamstring injury last Sunday, Lloyd caught two passes for 26 yards. He drew a 48-yard pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter to help set up a Redskins touchdown.

"Last week was a product of a lot guys stepping up in Santana's absence," quarterback Mark Brunell said. "Brandon stepped up, Antwaan [Randle El] and James [Thrash] stepped up. Chris [Cooley], also. We're a better team when all of the guys are getting involved. We're a more efficient offense."

Despite his limited catches, Lloyd is staying upbeat.

"You always want to be more involved," he said. "I can't predict anything or tell you what to expect in the second half of the season, all I know is individually I'm going to be available for this team. Irregardless if I get 10 passes in a game or one pass in a game, I want to be available for this team.

"For me to do that, I have to stay positive. We have three guys to step up and be key contributors. Regardless of what happens with Moss, we'll be ready. We'll be available to make plays."

Lloyd begins the second half of the season hoping for a turnaround, in both production and the team's record.

"You have to look at it as a rejuvenation of sorts," he said. "Things obviously didn't go as planned in the first half of the season, so you have to do whatever it takes to have the right mentality going into this last stretch of games for us to accomplish our goals.

"We look around and see the kind of players we have and the talent we have in the locker room. We feel we should be better. We know we should be better. We recognize it more than anybody, more than any writer or fan or anyone else.

"We see the potential. When things don't go our way, it's tough, especially because the foundation is there."

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