New England Patriots

Chad Ochocinco: Controversial WR Proves He Is Still a Decent Weapon

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco #85 talks with quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2011

Chad Ochocinco scored his first touchdown of the season on Sunday, proving that he is still a solid weapon for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Ochocinco has been a disappointment this year, catching just 13 passes for 228 yards and no touchdowns coming into the Patriots Week 15 matchup against Denver.

But halfway through the first quarter, he finally delivered.

Ochocinco easily burned his man, creating five yards of separation on the sideline. Brady did the rest from there, calmly dropping the ball into his hands.

I doubt this play will resurrect Ochocinco's season, but it shows that he is still a viable option at receiver.

His first year in New England hasn't been spectacular. After racking up 831 yards for Cincinnati in 2010, many were expecting him to provide the Patriots with another Randy Moss-like weapon.

Instead, he's been overshadowed by Brady's other targets. Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Deion Branch all have at least 48 receptions on the season.

But when one of them is unavailable, as Branch was against the Broncos, Ochocinco is capable of stepping in and contributing.

He still shows flashes of the receiver that was selected to six pro bowls. The flashes are rare, but if they occur at the right times, he can help lead the Patriots back to glory.

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