New England Patriots Cannot Afford To Carry Chad “No-Show” Ochocinco

Glenn CardSenior Analyst ISeptember 13, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 11:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots completes a drill before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots had a record-setting 517-passing-yards win on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins.

The premier wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco, caught a single pass for 14 yards. That is a number that is not going to be striking fear into any defender's heart.

What we learned on Monday is that Mr. Ochocinco is a fifth wheel. He is not going to get a lot of touches this year unless the entire wide receiving corps, except for him, comes down with influenza. Even then, he would have to alter his routes to try to steal balls from the tight ends.

I’m not saying that Ochocinco is not a good receiver, but let’s face it, a Randy Moss he is not. I am sure that he is beginning to realize that he is stuck on a team that does not and will not use him as a central figure. The talent surrounding him is younger, prolific and numerous.

There is no question that Ocho can still play. The question is should the Patriots be thinking of dangling him out there as trade bait for, say, maybe a couple of offensive linemen or a bona-fide pass rusher?

At this point in the season I don’t know that the Patriots have a glaring deficiency, but one thing is for sure: They have no problems in the passing game. Just because he is not making any noise in the locker room right now doesn’t mean the Patriots should hang on to Ochocinco through the course of the season.

As the situation sits right now, Chad Ochocinco is just taking up space on the New England Patriots' active roster list.