Chad Johnson, the artist formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, who was then the artist formerly known as Chad Johnson, is looking like more than a publicity stunt signing with the Miami Dolphins as they get fully into training camp. With the cameras from HBO for Hard Knocks around, as well as the exciting life that South Beach has to offer has seemingly rejuvenated a highly motivated Johnson to have a ‘monster’ year in 2012.
While that all sounds well and good, it certainly speaks volumes to the depth charts and talent level of the rosters of the Dolphins and Johnson’s former team, the New England Patriots.
As the preseason progresses, Johnson could work his way up to the top of the Dolphins’ depth chart at the wide receiver position. In fact, he has a legitimate chance to become Miami’s No. 1 wide receiver and go on to lead the team while catching passes from either Matt Moore, David Garrard or Ryan Tannehill. Quite impressive for a guy who couldn’t learn his former employer’s playbook over the course of almost a year.
Then again, is it all that impressive?
The Dolphins traded Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears, in yet another blunder by team general manager Jeff Ireland and owner Stephen Ross. That leaves players such as Davone Bess and Brian Hartline as the top options at receiver.
No offense, but neither one of them are exactly making New York Jets’ defensive backs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie shake in the cleats.
So, even with that being said, Johnson winning the No. 1 WR job with the Dolphins clearly states three things.
First, the Dolphins are extremely thin at wide receiver as they enter the upcoming season. That is a fact that will remain true even if they sign Braylon Edwards as well, which is also being reported as a possible rumor.
Second, it shows the glaring difference between the depth charts and talent level of the Dolphins and the team favored to run away with the AFC East in 2012, the Patriots. Johnson may very well wind up being the No. 1 wide receiver in Miami. A couple of months ago, he couldn’t even crack the top six in New England.
Finally, it shows exactly what sort of separation exists between the best team in the division and worst team in the division. New England and Miami are going in completely opposite directions.
I’ll let you figure out the rest.