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BOSTON (CBS) — With a whole bunch of new faces in the Patriots’ wide receiving corps, Chad Ochocinco is going to have to prove to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady that his troubles learning the playbook are in his past. During Thursday’s organized team activity, though, he struggled to do that.
The 34-year-old receiver had to run a lap during the practice session as punishment for jumping offsides, according to several reports. Additionally, Ochocinco had to ask Deion Branch where to line up on one play.
While it’s only a practice session in May, it’s nevertheless concerning for Ochocinco’s future in New England.
He struggled to fully grasp the playbook last season, often asking Brady where to line up and occasionally running the wrong route. As a result, he ended up on the sidelines more often than not, particularly during the no-huddle offense, and he finished the season with just 15 receptions and one touchdown.
Last season, he had some reasonable excuses, such as joining the team late and the shortened offseason due to the lockout. This year, he’ll really have to prove he’s worthy of Brady’s and Belichick’s trust in order to make it through roster cuts.
Also of note from Thursday’s session, Rob Gronkowski was present but worked out separately, as he recovers from his offseason ankle surgery.