After working out for the Miami Dolphins early on Monday, the franchise announced Monday night that the veteran wide receiver Chad Ochocinco had indeed been signed by the organization to a one-year contract. Now what? Personally, I think this was a poor decision by a team which has a rookie head coach and will be starting a rookie quarterback at some point this season. The folks at HBO are jumping up and down as he adds excitement to their reality show, Hard Knocks. Aside from television, what should Dolphins fans expect from Ochocinco?
Ochocinco now returns to the city where he played his high school football, but his skills have diminished. According to a source speaking to the Miami Herald, Ochocinco has lost his explosiveness. After his release from the Patriots, several questions have been raised regarding his ability to understand complex playbooks.
How does the veteran receiver fit into the Dolphins offense? He struggled in New England and now he enters a West Coast offense which requires very precise route running. Ochocinco certainly couldn’t have been brought in to be a mentor for the young receivers on the current roster.
The biggest potential for chaos is the fact that at some point this season, the Dolphins will be starting rookie QB Ryan Tannehill. If Ochocinco decides he is not getting the looks or throws that he deserves from Tannehill, there is the potential for volatility.
Fantasy Impact- As training camp opens, it will be interesting to see where Ochocinco lines up, likely alongside Brian Hartline. Hartline has been nursing a calf injury during this offseason. The quarterback situation in Miami is going to be one to watch and has everything to do with Ochocinco possible production. Veteran Matt Moore is serviceable but not in the future plans of the Dolphins. The passing attack of Miami will struggle with rookie Tannehill under center as he struggles to learn the NFL game. At this point I would consider Ochocinco as a Low WR2 or a solid WR3 in most formats if Matt Moore starts the season. Monitor the quarterback situation.