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.
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.