With the New England Patriots simply loaded with offensive weapons and stocked at the wide receiver position, veteran receiver Chad Ochocinco likely has very little room for error in order to remain with New England in the 2012 season. As the Patriots open their first round of OTA’s, Ochocinco reportedly looks as confused in the Patriots offensive sets as he did last season.
According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe covering the offseason workout, with limited reporting abilities, Ochocinco appeared confused on the field and had to be told by fellow veteran receiver, Deion Branch on where to line up in formation and jumped offsides, causing him to be forced to run a lap.
This is not surprising and in all fairness, it is very early in the offseason. However, Ochocinco looked confused on the field for the Patriots last season and contributed little to nothing for their offense last season. He enters the 2012 season with an affordable $1 million dollar price tag but even at that amount, he’s going to struggle to make the final roster with New England.
His competition will come from Jabar Gaffney and more importantly, Brandon Lloyd. Mr. Bedard reports that he was very impressed with Lloyd’s workout and basically catches anything thrown his way. So, perhaps Ochocinco should spend a little less time on Twitter and a little more time with the Patriot’s playbook if he wants to remain on the team for the 2012 season.
Ochocinco recorded a career-low 15 receptions for 276 yards and just one score last year for New England.