Peter King believes that Chad Ochocinco will wind up in New England. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks Ochocinco could land further South, assuming the Bengals let go of him when the lockout ends.
Former Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski is now coaching the quarterbacks in Atlanta.
“Coach Bratkowski is the reason why I’m with the Bengals,” Ochocinco told Ledbetter over the weekend. “He was my coach at the Senior Bowl when I was coming out. He went to bat for me. They weren’t going to take me. But from what he saw at the Senior Bowl before the draft is the reason why he stood on the table for me and that’s why they drafted me.”
Whether Bratkowski would stand on the table now for Ochocinco is another matter. We also don’t think the Falcons are necessarily a fit for Ochocinco following the trade for Julio Jones.
The Falcons have Roddy White, Jones, Harry Douglas, and Michael Jenkins at wide receiver. Ochocinco would add a solid veteran option to the mix, but we suspect the Falcons like Jenkins and Douglas too much as role players to bother.
There is also the question about Ochocinco’s skill set and mindset. NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi harshly rebuked Ochocinco’s play recently:
“Ochocinco can con America into thinking he is still significant as a wide receiver, but he can’t con the people who evaluate talent for teams in the NFL,” Lombardi wrote.
Yikes. We wouldn’t go that far yet; we think Ochocinco can be a useful addition to a team. He just has to be a No. 2 receiver at this point, not a No. 1.