Chad Ochocinco's shortcomings as a wide receiver for the New England Patriots have been chronicled.
But his work ethic and effort in 2011 were universally applauded, even in private by the team.
Whether he gets kismet with Tom Brady, or Josh McDaniels can pull a lever to make Ocho more successful will play out in the coming months.
But this video of Ocho working out with Steelers' receivers Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace and former Pats RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis shows that Ocho still has breathtaking suddenness and the ability to chew up space quickly in the first 10 yards off the line.
And the "out" should be the route that works for him in the Patriots offense because of that ability to get up on a corner, make the corner turn his hips and then break the route off to the outside. It was really the only route that Brady and Ocho had any success on and even then, their timing and precision was not where it needed to be.
Anywhoooo, the video is a fun time-killer and thanks to my buddy Ian Logue, the owneroperator of Patsfans.com for unearthing.
The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement), according to a report from TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.
The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.
But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.
Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.
The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result.
The Celtics held an intra squad scrimmage at TD Garden tonight, with some impressive plays from rookie Jaylen Brown.