Within an open letter to National football league commissioner Roger Goodell published on his OCNN website, Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco opines on a few of the NFL's percolating player-safe practices issues while observing "we're in a crucial reason for a brief history of football."
In the finish, he authored, "Am getting a rebound year and intend to perform a large amount of honoring ultimately zone. Can my fine money visit supporting ex-gamers suffering?"
Ochocinco totaled 15 receptions last season in the first Colonial season, that they acknowledged would be a disappointment. Now he's facing a constant climb for any 2012 roster place.
When searching in the Patriots' receiving corps, the tresses are Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. Next, it will likely be a thrilling competition, as noted by offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Friday.
Deion Branch, last year's No. 2, would appear with an advantage on Ochocinco. He outplayed Ochocinco this year, logging 76 percent from the team's offensive button snaps, several the training staff most likely wasn't anticipating but grew to become a real possibility simply due to Ochocinco's struggles (Ochocinco performed 26 %).
Jabar Gaffney, the productive No. 3 receiver from 2006 through 2008, returns after 3 years away. Given Tom Brady's affection for Gaffney, and Gaffney's ability to set up whatsoever receiver spots, also, he seems to possess more quality than Ochocinco.
For the reason that situation, Ochocinco, who sliced his base salary from $3 million to $925,000 this year, might be competing for any No. 5 receiver place (special-teams captain Matthew Slater is really a lock but is not considered into this offensive-based analysis).