Ochocinco's failure to grasp the playbook and scheme of the Patriots
was reportedly a reason for his departure. According to a team source, Ochocinco copped to that when he met with the Dolphins. “The guy did all but admit that it was a struggle for him mentally, the playbook, all that stuff,’’ the source said. “He didn’t deny that it was a problem for him, learning it up there.’’ Reported by the Boston Globe
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As Globe staffer Greg A. Bedard notes, the Dolphins risked nothing in signing Ochocinco. He has to make the team, and he has to play out of this world to hit the incentives that would push his $925,000 one-year deal to $2 million. Just to get the first incentive, he has to catch a lot of passes, though the exact number isn’t clear. Bedard added: "So far, so good. Ochocinco, while not the vertical player of four years ago, still has great foot quickness, can get separation, and can catch the ball. Those are the skills that drew the Patriots to him. ..." Still, the Dolphins are a bit cautious because Ochocinco has missed nearly 80 percent of the offensive installation. We'll be watching his progress in camp closely. After all, there's ample opportunity -- if the Ocho can pick up the scheme.