Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports for the first time in two seasons, Chad Ochocinco had no catches on Sunday. The much-discussed Patriots receiver was on the field for only a handful of snaps, and one of them was a miscommunication with QB Tom Brady. It all led some to speculate on his status.
The Patriots staff, taking part in conference calls today, would have none of that. Offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio came out in support of Ochocinco, with Caserio calling him “probably one of our best practice players.”
“Ocho is progressing every week,” O’Brien said. “He’s done a really good job in practice and when he’s been in certain parts of games, he’s produced. You know, two-minute drives at the end of the half and things. We’re happy with where Ocho is right now. Again, guys, we got a lot of guys that contribute. This is a unique place. We have a lot of guys that contribute, and some guys in certain games are contributing more than others. At some point in time, we’re going to need everybody to contribute. So, you know, 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.”