New England Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco hasn't exactly had the spectacular season everyone thought he would have at the beginning of the campaign.
His signing in the offseason had some envisioning a stint similar to Randy Moss' first three seasons with the Patriots.
But headed into Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, Ochocinco had only 13 receptions for 228 yards and no touchdowns.
Well, Ochocinco got back into the spotlight in the middle of the first quarter when quarterback Tom Brady hit him down the left sideline with a 33-yard touchdown pass.
At the time, the Patriots were already trailing the surging Denver Broncos, highlighted by a spectacular nine-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tim Tebow in which he shook multiple defenders and maneuvered his way in for the score.
Perhaps this is a sign of things to come for Ochocinco. While Moss exploded in his first season with the Patriots, a lot of players generally need some time to get acquainted with their new teams before doing big things, especially on a controlled offense like the Patriots.
Early on, it appeared the Patriots didn't even need Ochocinco's services, but they haven't look as good in the last three weeks—including against the Broncos on Sunday, when they fell behind 13-6 in the first quarter. Ochocinco may be needed more than we thought.
The Patriots still have Ochocinco for two more years after this season, and they got him relatively cheap, giving up fifth and sixth-round draft picks. He also restructured his contract at three years, $6.5 million.
If Ochocinco can come around, it gives the Patriots yet another dangerous weapon for an offense that was averaging 30.5 points headed into Sunday's game.
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