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Chad Ochocinco was once one of the most feared receivers in the NFL. As the years have progressed however, his production has dropped dramatically. Last year, with a fantastic quarterback tossing the ball his way in Tom Brady, Ochocinco only caught 15 passes for a measly 276 yards. Now with his age quickly becoming a factor, Ochocinco has one shot to redeem his career this year with the Miami Dolphins.
Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going to happen.
He’s 34 years old, making him one of the oldest receivers in the league. That does not bode well for his durability. Even if Ochocinco can manage to put on a solid display of talent during the preseason, the likelihood of him being injured is considerably higher than it is for the younger stud receivers you’ll find spattered across the Dolphins roster. In addition, his most valuable tool (his speed) is the one that has deteriorated the most over the years.
At the very best, we can expect to see another year like the one Chad had in 2010 with Cincinnati, but don’t count on it. This once outspoken superstar made a rapid transition to quiet non-factor while he played in New England. Unless he truly wills himself back into the spotlight, don’t expect to see much if anything from Ochocinco this year.