3 Things We Should Expect from Chad Ochocinco on HBO's Hard Knocks

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIJune 12, 2012

3 Things We Should Expect from Chad Ochocinco on HBO's Hard Knocks

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    Chad Ochocinco signed a deal (via NY Daily News) with the Miami Dolphins just days after being cut by the New England Patriots. As a result, NFL fans will be rewarded by being able to watch the always entertaining receiver on HBO's "Hard Knocks" this summer.

    I think we can all agree the Ochocinco will be the star of the show this year, and I'm sure he'll take advantage of the opportunity to showcase his personality. This chance with the Dolphins could be his last in the NFL, which may lead to us seeing a different side of the veteran wideout.

    Here is what I expect from Ochocinco on "Hard Knocks" this summer.

Lots of Talking

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    Let's face it, the Miami Dolphins aren't exactly a "sexy" team for HBO to be following on "Hard Knocks." Most of America probably couldn't name five players on Miami's roster. The series will be a good way for the team to introduce itself to a wide viewing audience. 

    But there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of engaging personalities on the roster. I'm sure the series will focus on rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and starting running back Reggie Bush, but it will need a star, and Ochocinco will provide that.

    Regardless of what you think of him, there is no doubt that Ochocinco is entertaining and incredible watchable. I expect him to be mic'd up constantly and he'll give HBO its money's worth with his mouth.

An Older, Wiser Approach to the Game

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    Ochocinco is now 34 years old and just spent a season on the sidelines with the New England Patriots. That dynamic, brash, young wideout with the ridiculous touchdown celebrations isn't around anymore, he has been replaced by a veteran who is no longer one of the best receivers in the NFL. 

    After the humbling experience of his 2011 season (15 catches, 276 yards in 15 games) and then being cut by the Patriots, I expect Ochocinco to take his chance with the Dolphins seriously. This could be the six-time Pro Bowler's last chance in football.

    After seeing a guy like Terrell Owens struggle to even stick with an arena football team, Ochocinco should relish his opportunity in Miami. I expect him to be more focused, and take his job far more seriously. 


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    Yes, you read that right, I expect Ochocinco to be a leader to Miami's young receiving corps. 

    The Dolphins currently have Davone Bess, Brian Hartline and Legedu Naanee leading their group of wideouts. Ochocinco is now the elder statesman of the team's offense and I expect him to finally embrace a role as a leader.

    Miami's offense is only going to get better if the the team's receivers improve. Ochocinco has the knowledge and experience his teammates don't and he can help them get better. 

    For some reason, I get a feeling he'll step up and take on the challenge of being a leader head on and HBO will be able to show him instructing the team's young receivers.