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Ochocinco gets one snap in Patriots win


Chad Ochocinco may be the highest paid pass-catcher in New England, but he still hasn’t earned Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s trust after a full regular season with the team.

Ocho got only one snap in New England’s 45-10 beatdown of the Broncos Saturday, according to’s Mike Reiss.

Reiss points out that the Patriots were in a no huddle attack for much of the night. That places a premium on receivers knowing the plays cold.

Still, guys like Julian Edelman (27 snaps) and Tiquan Underwood (nine snaps) had bigger roles.  It’s hard to imagine the Patriots will bother keeping Ochocinco after this season.

It’s also worth noting that running back Kevin Faulk didn’t get an offensive snap despite being active. This is probably the final year of his long Patriots career.

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  1. selldannysell says: Jan 15, 2012 9:55 AM

    He’s still on the team?

  2. 1buckeye76 says: Jan 15, 2012 9:57 AM

    Still feel like Heaven, Chad?

  3. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 15, 2012 9:59 AM

    We dont get to watch the tape and know what Ocho has done right and wrong according to play-calls….but come on….Ocho still has SOME skills…get him the ball….give me a break Pats…

  4. rexryansdirtysock says: Jan 15, 2012 9:59 AM

    I think Ochocinco will get a chance to prove himself in the offseason / training camp. He’s been a good citizen and while his $3 million base salary is large, it won’t be guaranteed until week one of the 2012 season. So there’s no reason to release him in March unless the team has no further desire to work with him.

    Side Note: Faulk didn’t play on offense, but he was in there on special teams – he was in on the punt return unit.

  5. factoryofsadness says: Jan 15, 2012 10:01 AM

    Yet another decision that leads me to conclude that Belichick is overrated. How do you not play this guy???!!!

  6. wadecounty93 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:01 AM

    I would love to see him come to Miami, but if he cant be productive catching passes from Brady then I dont see how he could be any better catching passes from Matt Moore or a Rookie!

  7. raysfan1 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:02 AM

    Time to retire, Chad.

  8. canetic says: Jan 15, 2012 10:03 AM

    Kevin Faulk definitely played. He made a fair catch on a punt.

  9. patswhatsup says: Jan 15, 2012 10:03 AM

    I think he was sitting with the fan that he flew out as a publicity stunt…. lol…..

    Ocho…. Either get up to par, or go back to a team that uses a college level playbook. I like you, but if you can’t catch passes then you’re wasting roster space!!!

  10. TheDPR says: Jan 15, 2012 10:04 AM

    I saw Faulk in there on special teams, too.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:05 AM

    Poor Ocho-stinko. That’s what happens when you don’t / can’t learn the playbook and noone has time to hold your hand.

  12. bangitfootball says: Jan 15, 2012 10:05 AM

    Belichik likes Ocho personally so hes not releasing him. He knows he made a mistake and Ochos just not mentally capable enough to pick up this offense. Carson Palmer said he had to give Ocho his plays dumbed down to get him to run then as correctly as hes capable of in Cincy.

  13. bluvayner says: Jan 15, 2012 10:07 AM

    Faulk played on the punt return teams all night.

  14. chaothao says: Jan 15, 2012 10:08 AM

    I was just about to say the same thing bout Kevin being on special team… Lol

  15. jayhawkss says: Jan 15, 2012 10:12 AM

    He should switch to CB.

  16. thepowerofgreen says: Jan 15, 2012 10:12 AM

    Hot garbage…with the Jets luck…he will be playing with us next year

  17. epmckenna says: Jan 15, 2012 10:13 AM

    For the morons saying the Patriots are stupid for not playing the guy, look at the scoreboard. Brady threw for 6 touchdowns! I think they know what they’re doing if they leave Ocho Cinco on the bench, and face it, he’s not very good anymore.

  18. lionsfanatic84 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:15 AM

    Hasn’t earned Bill Belichek or Tom Brady’s…..? Does pft care about their work whatsoever?

  19. eddddddd says: Jan 15, 2012 10:15 AM

    Did BB really think Stinko was the second coming of Moss? Money well spent.

  20. nardointhenati says: Jan 15, 2012 10:15 AM

    Chad went from a “See Jack Run” offense here in Cincy to what I can only imagine is “Chinese Tolstoy” to him in New England. Bring in Brandon Lloyd to tutor him. : )

  21. insider7 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:16 AM

    Come on, Rosenthal, get your head in the game. Kevin Faulk did play in the game last night.

    Looks like you’re the one who no-showed.

  22. thefiesty1 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:16 AM

    Chad JOHNSON should just retire already.

  23. 1historian says: Jan 15, 2012 10:16 AM

    OC got his chance, he has nothing to complain about.

    If you’re gonna hot-dog like he did in Cincy that’s cool but sooner or later you have to back it up and when he got to the BIG leagues he couldn’t do it. I think the dude is still star-struck by the simple fact that he is where he is.

  24. bigjdve says: Jan 15, 2012 10:17 AM

    I think Chad doesn’t care as much, he has a chance to win a championship without doing much.

    He gets a ring and then goes and gets on a team that lets him freelance, he speaks well of his time with the patriots and everyone is happy.

    What reason would Belicheck put him in last night, I mean, really, what would’ve been gained. It looked like they threw less than they wanted to because the Broncos were outmatched.

  25. 1historian says: Jan 15, 2012 10:18 AM

    Hopefully he’ll grow up in this off-season. He’s got skills and if there is ANYONE who can get the ball to him it’s #12.

  26. r66x says: Jan 15, 2012 10:20 AM

    This guy was quite an athlete when he was in his early years with the Bengals…..he made some terrific catches and could run. Unfortunate that his physical skills (speed) are diminished and he apparently hasn’t been able to pick up the Patriot offense.

    He was never a bad citizen….the Bengals management mistakenly allowed his “self promotion” to go on at the expense of team unity.

  27. gdeli says: Jan 15, 2012 10:21 AM

    Is respect the word you forgot? I think so. I forgot all about him. They do not use wr’s as much as te’s obvoiusly. Rough crowd boy. cbs needs to change their theme music. It stinks. Speaking of boring what station is the packers game on the radio so I do not have to listen to joe buck’s blah blah blah? mean but true.

  28. Tom G says: Jan 15, 2012 10:21 AM

    there’s a reason Ochocinco is keeping the bench from flying up.Belichick isn’t a fool he gets the most out of what he has and he feels he can’t get much out of Ocho.Its no surprise that once he and TO left Cinci they got better.Matter of fact add Carson Palmer to that list too .

  29. gdeli says: Jan 15, 2012 10:22 AM

    Watch him get the SB winning catch. ha

  30. steelerhypocrite says: Jan 15, 2012 10:24 AM

    He’s only on that team to get a ring…to bad he wont get it, because Brady and the Pats are scared and intimidated by Baltimore.

  31. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 15, 2012 10:25 AM

    It would be something if #85 becomes a super bowl champion being on this patriots squad. I mean, I guess he could wear the ring, but I’m not sure he would want to . #shockey2007

  32. wtfchiefs says: Jan 15, 2012 10:25 AM

    Perhaps Chad has a learning disability? BB should bring in a tudor. Or send him to Sylvan learning center

  33. vincentbojackson says: Jan 15, 2012 10:27 AM

    If BB could actually draft and develop some wide receiver talent they wouldn’t have to reach for a veteran clown like Ocho.

  34. nesuperfan says: Jan 15, 2012 10:29 AM

    factoryofsadness says:Jan 15, 2012 10:01 AM

    Yet another decision that leads me to conclude that Belichick is overrated. How do you not play this guy???!!!

    Clearly, by your handle, you are not from our market, so you might not get to see the Pats play every week, but if you had, you might be singing a different tune.

    First, I commend Ocho for being a model citizen in his time with the Pats so far. He has clearly been a good teammate, but that is not the issue. The issue has been his play on the field.

    Considering his limited playing time, and limited targets, he has dropped the ball a lot. Some of them, he was wide open, and they were in his arms.

    In addition, often, he simply has not been where he was supposed to be, didn’t come back when he should, or has broken the wrong way.

    All of these things clearly led to Brady not trusting him in key situations, and who do you think Brady will throw to in those key situations? The guys he trusts, or the guy he doesn’t?

    Sorry, but 85 must go even though he seems like a pretty decent guy.

  35. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 15, 2012 10:30 AM

    Ocho is BB’s buddy. Faulk is a longtime Pats’ hero. They are both beneficiaries in the BB Welfare Program. In the latter case I think it’s deserved.

    Ocho made $400k a catch this year. If they paid Welker that much a catch, he would have made nearly $50 million for the season.

    Signing Ocho was almost as dumb as trading for Welker was brilliant.

  36. londonbengal says: Jan 15, 2012 10:30 AM

    Chad, its time to go join TJ, Carson and Coach Jackson in Oakland……….. oh wait !!!!!!!

  37. lilrob10201 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:31 AM

    Stick the fork en em.His career is done.

  38. breedja says: Jan 15, 2012 10:32 AM

    Two things; elite qb’s get it done with average talent. Chad’s talent no longer exceeds his lack of discipline.

  39. majbobby says: Jan 15, 2012 10:33 AM

    Looks like he very well could get a ring well before any one on cincy.

  40. cometkazie says: Jan 15, 2012 10:34 AM

    Kevin has had a decent career with the Pats.

    Ridley, another back from LSU, will take his place.

  41. northshorejag says: Jan 15, 2012 10:34 AM

    Chad Johnson is having a career year. His team is in the championship game and all he has to do is sit on the sidelines and run his mouth

  42. Little Earthquake says: Jan 15, 2012 10:38 AM

    If he doesn’t get a ring with the Pats he should join the San Antonio Spurs as a backup small forward. That’s how a lot of washed up stars get their rings.

  43. flash1283 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:43 AM

    steelerhypocrite says:
    Jan 15, 2012 10:24 AM
    He’s only on that team to get a ring…to bad he wont get it, because Brady and the Pats are scared and intimidated by Baltimore.


    The same Baltimore team that “Brady and the Pats are
    6-1 vs? The same Baltimore team they beat last season?

  44. max says: Jan 15, 2012 10:43 AM

    They should cut him after the AFC Championship. He doesn’t deserve a ring.

  45. samoanjungle says: Jan 15, 2012 10:45 AM

    If they make it to the Superbowl they should cut him a week before the game. He doesn’t deserve a ring. It seems like he spends more time Twittering than studying or working on his routes.

  46. footballfundamentals says: Jan 15, 2012 10:45 AM

    Rumor has it that Chad will pay BB a 1 million dollar bonus for getting him a ring.

  47. artiesliver says: Jan 15, 2012 10:45 AM

    It’s too bad that in all likely hood that Noshowcinco is going to get a super bowl ring just for being on the roster and a guy like Moss who had a historic season in 07 and caught what should’ve been the game winning catch in the super bowl will not have a ring. Just proves that sometimes life isn’t fair.

  48. jcioffi1485 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:46 AM

    Poor Chad. He went from “take eights steps and make a button hook at the Buick”, to advanced Calculus in Bradyland. Look at least your not the father on nine kids with nine different women like T.O. Call it what you wish. Chad has a legitimate shot at a SB ring…..and the worlds cleanest uniform for activated player.

  49. babar61 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    I forgot he was even there…

  50. spellingcops says: Jan 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    3G, whose nude photos do you possess? You have got to have some type of black mail on someone to have your job. You’re writing/spelling/grammatical skills are atrocious. Also, you told us pft was going to fix the iPhone app so we could vote thumbsup/down in the comments. You said that would happen in December. Wtf? Evidently your time estimates come from the same portion (or lack thereof) of your brain as your editorial skills. Pathetic

  51. babar61 says: Jan 15, 2012 10:57 AM

    All of those people who say “cut him a week before the superbowl so he wont get a ring”, it wouldn’t matter anyway he would still get one from the patriots (if they won).

  52. dcmidnight says: Jan 15, 2012 10:59 AM

    Who are you going to take snaps away from in order to get him more reps? Welker? Hernandez/Gronkowski? Branch?

    There’s only so much room on the field for them and Ochocinco falls to the bottom of the list at this point.

    But BB changes it up every week – wouldnt be surprised to see 85 get some snaps next weekend. Just when an opposing coach doesnt gameplan for someone in particular – thats when that player will get 8 receptions.

  53. j0esixpack says: Jan 15, 2012 11:05 AM

    Even with one snap I’d still prefer him over Santonio Holmes.

    Chad’s been well behaved… even flew in a long time twitter follower as his guest for the game.

  54. tatum064 says: Jan 15, 2012 11:09 AM

    Are they like trying to humiliate the guy into actually learning the offense?

    Why even keep his cap number?

    BB works in mysterious ways.

  55. turk2875 says: Jan 15, 2012 11:15 AM

    If this is all because “he hasn’t learned the playbook yet” crap, C’MON CHAD!! We are two weeks into the postseason, how much longer do you need?? Having said that, I am a huge fan of 85 and would like to see him more.

  56. thingamajig says: Jan 15, 2012 11:23 AM

    Chad is being saved to be the Super Bowl sleeper
    player in order to catch the game winning TD.

  57. p8rtfan says: Jan 15, 2012 11:23 AM

    @jhawkss…Believe me, I think Ocho is personable and even though his contributions have been very limited this season, I (like most Pats fans) like the guy. However…If he can’t learn the offense, what makes you think he can learn defensive schemes and play CB? Mistakes at CB are often far more glaring than simply running the wrong route which leads to an incomplete pass. Just ask Devin McCourty.

  58. wxmanjoe says: Jan 15, 2012 11:24 AM

    First of all, the article said Faulk did not play any OFFENSIVE snaps. Read the article people before making snotty cooments. Second, it does not matter about Ochocinco, he will be cut when Brandon Loyd follows McDaniels to Foxboro and the Pats begin thier title defense.

  59. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Jan 15, 2012 11:27 AM

    @steelers hypocrite

    pats are not scared of the ravens. u better hope the ravens get by the texans. if they do they will lose to the patriots. brady is a man on a mission. no one is going to stop him

  60. baddorange says: Jan 15, 2012 11:30 AM

    Adios, 8-5. You are a total distraction and appear too stupid to learn their play book. Dump him as its doubtful you could get anyone worth a damn for this over-rated bag of wind.

  61. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 15, 2012 11:39 AM

    I love all you Bengal haters. Can’t even complete a sentence w/o referring to Chad or the Bengals. Old news now! Bring on A Jayyyyyy!

  62. bigtimetexanfan says: Jan 15, 2012 11:46 AM

    NEW ENGLAND: The place where old decent players go to get crushed by tha chek

  63. stampnhawk says: Jan 15, 2012 11:51 AM

    Yeah, I suspect at some point over the next two games, he’s going to make THE play or plays that are going to make the casual fans remember who he is, and many who don’t watch football until it becomes “cool” each year, to scratch their heads, thinking he was still on Cincinatti.

    I suspect he’ll start with a big TD in the AFC Championship game, and then the press will be all over him during Superbowl week, poking him with a stick to get something out of him. He’ll say something, and the quote starved media will run with it incessantly for the remaining days, trying to break it down 43 different ways.

  64. glazerh8er says: Jan 15, 2012 11:57 AM

    I just love this soooo much. I mean, he is pulling antics with the Hall of Fame jacket a few years ago on a team full of turds that can’t win a game, and he signs with the patriots and is exposed. Just unbelievable that he is so talented that he gets ONE snap in the game Brady SETS THE RECORD for TD’s in the playoffs. He looked like a whiny baby on the sidelines.

  65. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 15, 2012 12:00 PM

    steelerhypocrite says:
    Jan 15, 2012 10:24 AM
    He’s only on that team to get a ring…to bad he wont get it, because Brady and the Pats are scared and intimidated by Baltimore.

    Remind us …… who did the Steelers beat this week????

  66. illbilliv says: Jan 15, 2012 12:15 PM

    I can’t believe that at 1 point the Redskins offered 2 first round picks for this guy! Of course the Bengals said no!

  67. mediasloppy says: Jan 15, 2012 12:26 PM

    He might get himself a ring on the very year he has finally kept his mouth shut and been more of a team player. Even if it was on the bench…

  68. gamermwm says: Jan 15, 2012 12:28 PM

    If you’re a receiver and you want to be well utilized and have big numbers here’s a word of advice: Don’t go to Denver or New England

  69. j0esixpack says: Jan 15, 2012 12:48 PM

    gamermwm says: If you’re a receiver and you want to be well utilized and have big numbers here’s a word of advice: Don’t go to Denver or New England

    riiiight… tell that to Wes Welker or Randy Moss or Gronkowski or even freekin Reche Caldwell. Heck little Troy Brown was catching over 100 passes a season.

    You think playing opposite Brady makes guys worse????

    If players can perform he makes them look phenomenal.

  70. wikidpissah says: Jan 15, 2012 12:49 PM

    factoryofsadness says: Jan 15, 2012 10:01 AM

    Yet another decision that leads me to conclude that Belichick is overrated. How do you not play this guy???!!!
    Yeah…. The Patriots offense is terrible without him.

  71. wikidpissah says: Jan 15, 2012 12:54 PM

    gamermwm says: If you’re a receiver and you want to be well utilized and have big numbers here’s a word of advice: Don’t go to Denver or New England
    Wow. Do they let you go out in public? The Patriots hold the NFL records for touchdown passes (Brady), touchdown receptions by a receiver (Moss) and touchdown receptions by a tight end (Gronkowski).

    Please let us all know how YOU define “big numbers.”

  72. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 15, 2012 12:56 PM

    I dont think he cares. He has had his days of being the #1 option. At this point in his career he is probably just happy that he has a real good chance of being in a Super Bowl. Yeah no doubt he will be cut in the offseason, but that doesnt change the fact that he is on a contender and thats got to be a good feeling.

    Give the guy a break. Yeah hes probably washed up. But hes kept his mouth shut and if he wasnt putting any effort in they would have booted him during the season.

  73. wikidpissah says: Jan 15, 2012 1:01 PM

    steelerhypocrite says: Jan 15, 2012 10:24 AM

    He’s only on that team to get a ring…to bad he wont get it, because Brady and the Pats are scared and intimidated by Baltimore.
    It’s good that Deb comments here; otherwise I’d wonder whether it was possible for Steeler fans to say something intelligent.

    The Pats are 6-1 Vs the Ravens. The one game Baltimore won was against the worst Pats team since 2002, when Brady was recovering from knee surgery and Welker was lost for the year with a knee injury.

    The Ravens have an excellent team, and IF they get to play next week they’d have a pretty good chance, but please… The Patriots are scared?

    Funny how that terrible New England defense played so much better than the fearsome number one defense in the NFL when it mattered.

    Enjoy the rest of the playoffs.

  74. junebug42 says: Jan 15, 2012 1:07 PM

    Time to pull out the H.O.F so he can stay warm..cuz that’s the only time he will wear one….

  75. mrheavychevy says: Jan 15, 2012 11:05 PM

    Belichick overrated? Some people should think before they speak Belichick does what matters most is win & utilizes his weapons if chad can’t get it together he will be replaced like anyone else best coaching system in the league PERIOD!! Tom Brady will be getting his fourth ring this year & that’s swag

  76. maturedwoman says: Jan 20, 2012 4:46 AM

    Chad Ocho would be a better fix for the St. Louis Rams………..#Superbowl

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