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Chad Ochocinco's job is in jeopardy.
The Patriots have 12 wide receivers on the 90-man roster, but that number will dwindle to at least six by the time preseason ends.
The only guaruntees at the receiver position are Wes Welker and the newly-acquired deep threat, Brandon Lloyd. Although it's also hard to count out Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater, because they do more than catch passes. Both men can play defense, special teams and help out in the return game, so they will make the cut.
This offseason, New England brought in Donte Stallworth and the oft-injured Anthony Gonzalez to compete at wide receiver. However, it's a numbers game, and there's simply not a spot for every veteran wideout.
Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio are willing to throw darts at a board to see which ones stick. Unfortunately for guys like Stallworth, Gonzalez and Chad Ochocinco, they won't.
Ochocinco's failure to grasp the playbook, as well as his ineffective statistics (15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown in 2011), hurt his chances of making the squad. Barring an outstanding preseason and training camp, the Ochocinco experiment will be over in New England.
The signing of Jabar Gaffney even puts possession receivers like Deion Branch in hot water. Gaffney spent three seasons with the Pats, totaling 85 receptions for 1,059 yards and eight touchdowns. What's most impressive is that at age 31, he's not slowing down. Since 2010, he's amassed 133 catches, 1,822 yards and seven scores.
One thing's for sure: The Patriots are deep at wide receiver.