Chad Ochocinco Has Yet to Make an Impact as a New England Patriot

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIOctober 13, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02: Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots catches a pass against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game at Coliseum on October 2, 2011 in Oakland, California. The Patriots won the game 31-19. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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All of you crazy people out there that actually believed that Chad Ochocinco would be the next Randy Moss this season, well I'm laughing at all of you right now. 

Ochocinco is not Moss and Ochocinco isn't even a productive wide receiver anymore. The four-time All Pro wide receiver has been a major disappointment for the Patriots this season, as he's caught only nine passes for 136 yards and zero touchdowns through Week 5 of the NFL season. 

So what's the deal? Why isn't Ochocinco producing with arguably the NFL's top player, Tom Brady

For starters, Ochocinco simply does not see the field enough to produce on a consistent basis? Why's that? No one knows for sure but out of pure speculation, I'm going to simply guess that he is not comfortable with New England's offense, making him a liability when he's on the field. 

So far through the first five games of the season, Ochocinco has played in a total of 145 snaps out of a possible 373, only 38.9 percent of the team's snaps—that's simply not going to cut it for a guy with his talent and his abilities to be a difference maker in New England's offense. 

Granted, New England's offense has flourished this season with Wes Welker putting up completely absurd numbers, but it'd be beneficial if Ochocinco could produce to his potential. 

Taking a closer look at Ochocinco's snaps, the game that he played the most in was Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, as he played a total of 60 snaps out of a possible 75. Now what exactly did No. 85 do in the team's 34-31 loss against Buffalo? Ochocinco walked away with only two receptions for 28 yards. However, his most memorable moment of that game was him dropping a potential touchdown pass from Tom Brady, as Ochocinco was wide open and could have walked into the end zone.

So far this season Ochocinco has yet to have a game with more than 45 yards receiving, more than two receptions and has yet to score a single touchdown. Not impressive whatsoever. 

The only statistic that Ochocinco can brag about is how many tweets he can send in a day or how many followers he has on twitter. 

As of right now, Ochocinco is almost a waste of a roster spot—he's simply not performing at the standards that he's capable of performing at. 

Ochocinco needs to get himself in gear before it's too late—or is it already too late? 


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