BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots got the big victory over Dallas on Sunday, but once again one thing was missing: A catch from Chad Ochocinco.
Many people, fans of the team really, feel they may need to cut their losses with Ocho. In six games, he has just nine receptions for 136 yards, and has yet to find the end zone. On the field, he looks lost and out-of-place.
But the Pats staff thinks otherwise.
Speaking to Pats offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien this afternoon, he feels Chad is right there.
“Ocho is progressing every week. He’s done a really good job at practice and when he’s been in certain parts of games, he’s produced — two-minute drives at the end of the half and things,” O’Brien said. “We’re happy with where Ocho is right now. This is a unique place. We have a lot of guys that contribute, some guys in certain games are contributing more than others. At some point in time, we’re going to need everybody to contribute. So that’s kind of where it is right now. Ocho is probably in that category and really working hard to keep producing and eventually help us in different ways.”
So does director of player personel Nick Caserio.
“We’re happy with what Chad’s done for us,” said Caserio. “He’s probably one of our best practice players. He goes out there, he works hard, practices hard, he’s out there on the field, he competes, he has made plays when he has had the opportunity. We’re six games in with a long season and we’re happy that Chad’s on the team.”
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Ochocinco ducked out of the Patriots locker room without talking to the media on Sunday, something he has done for most of the season.