New England Patriots

Why Chad Ochocinco's Tenure in New England Is Drawing to a Close

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 11:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots watches the game from the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 11, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New England Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 47-12.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Kyle CormierContributor IIIMay 24, 2012

Chad Ochocinco's time as a New England Patriot will likely be over sooner rather than later. After spending all of last season with the team and now a few months of the offseason, he is still not on the same page with the rest of the New England offense.

Christopher Price of WEEI.com reported on his Twitter account following today's OTA practice session in Foxboro that Ochocinco was still having his issues.

Ocho forced to run penalty lap after jumping the count, and on another play, had to be redirected by Branch as to where to line up pre-snap.

At this point in the game, mistakes like that are unforgivable, especially after making them so frequently last season. He still has a little time to salvage his time as a Patriot in the next two to three months, but there is no reason to believe he will be able to do that. Some players, regardless of how long they are around, do not ever come to understand the complexities of the New England offense.

Even if Ochocinco were to gain confidence and finally understand the concepts of the offense, he would still have an uphill battle to beat out the contingent of other wide receivers on the roster. Jabar Gaffney and Donté Stallworth, who both signed this offseason, are already well versed in Josh McDaniels' offense and will be stiff competition for Ochocinco for a roster spot.

It is not a stretch to say that new addition Anthony Gonzalez may also have an upper hand on Ochocinco, with Gonzalez coming from an extremely demanding Peyton Manning-led offense in Indianapolis.

If Ochocinco were to beat the odds and grab one of the last couple of spots on the depth chart, it would be by the skin of his teeth. That being said, a real problem Ochocinco faces is that to grab one of the last receiver spots on the roster, the team is usually looking to fill those spots with players who do more than one thing.

Julian Edelman returns punts, Matthew Slater is the team's special teams ace, Ochocinco is a one-trick pony who only plays receiver. At this point, it is beginning to look like he's become a zero-trick pony. 

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