Ochocinco shows speed, hopes to 'get back to basics' with Dolphins

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Ochocinco shows speed, hopes to 'get back to basics' with Dolphins

Chad Ochocinco had nothing but good things to say about the place he once called "Heaven". But Heaven and Ochocinco didn't mix, so he took whatever was left of his talents to a much warmer climate.

No, not that warm. He went to South Beach.

Ochocinco met with Miami media for the first time since joining the Dolphins, and while there was no group hug this time around, there was plenty of talk about finding his game -- and his old self -- once again.

"Enjoying the opportunity to come here and play at home," Ochocinco said. "Play with a great organization. Lot of changes being made here. Coaching staff, I'm enjoying it. Developing Brokeback Mountain-type chemistry with the players. It's about me getting back to the basics, going back to the root of how it all started. Not as far as playing at home in Miami but as far as my game goes. Getting back to what we're all used to seeing: the basic fundamentals of how I became what I am. I think I kind of lost that, and I'm looking to go back to the Chad Johnson."

But Ochocinco is a guy who loves to talk. He said all the right things in Foxboro last season, and got plenty of breaks early on as he tried to grasp the playbook. Unfortunately, it never clicked, and all the talk remained just that -- that.

So how are things starting out in Miami? Quarterback Matt Moore seems impressed with what he's seen so far, especially noting the speed in which Ochocinco (somewhat surprisingly) still possesses.

Its been good, Moore said of working with Ochocinco, according to Pro Football Talk. Hes come in, hes done his work, hes trying to learn and its been business as usual. Hes fast, thats for sure. Hes quick and hes just got that attacking mentality you love in a wide receiver. Hes got a lot of good things and hopefully we can use those things in the future.

Key words in that last quote by Moore: trying to learn. Ochocinco tried in New England too, but maybe a new playbook will do him some good.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)