Part of the intrigue surrounding the Dolphins’ signing of Chad Ochocinco–his large personality notwithstanding–is the redemption factor. In the eyes of many, the six-time Pro Bowl receiver still has a lot to prove.
Ochocinco joined the Patriots last offseason hoping to become the most recent Cincinnati Bengals offensive star to thrive in Foxboro. His former teammate in Cincinnati, Corey Dillon, had revived his career in New England, helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl in 2004.
It just wasn’t meant to be for Ochocinco, though, prompting questions of how much he has left to offer.
Dolphins running back Reggie Bush isn’t too worried about Ochocinco’s year with the Patriots.
“I think he has a lot left. Yeah, I think he has a lot left in the tank,” Bush told NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano on Monday.
Ochocinco is joining a receiving corps that, based on professional experience, is relatively green–only Davone Bess, Brian Hartline and Legedu Naanee have played more than two years in the NFL. While he’ll have to focus on adapting to the Dolphins’ offensive scheme to solidify his own standing, his arrival may also help the young players progress.
“I’m sure he thinks that he has a lot to prove at his age and he wants to prove that he can still do it at his age,” Bush said. “I feel like he can bring a lot of wisdom and knowledge from a veteran standpoint.”
Ochocinco joins the team during its final group of OTAs ahead of next week’s mini-camp.
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