Chad Ochocinco is saying he wants to play until he's 40.
Im going to play 'til Im 40 years old, and this year Im going to show the world I can, Ocho told Omar Kelly of the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
We don't doubt he really feels this way, but whether other teams will want a 40-year-old receiver is another story. Ochocinco insists that everything is on the up and up when it comes to physical ability.
There is physically nothing wrong with me. I want to race Clyde Gates right now, Ochocinco said, referring to a teammate who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds at the Scouting Combine. Ive asked him. Ive still got it. Im a lot smarter and Im still fast.
One thing's for sure: If he continues to get the same workload he got last year, wear and tear is not going to be an issue.
Cyrus Jones had the look of a Patriots cornerback long before he was picked with the No. 60 overall selection in the second round of this year's draft.
An SEC standout? Yup. A product of Nick Saban's Alabama defense? Even better. Special teams experience? He might be the best punt returner in this year's draft class with four returns for touchdowns in 2015.
Jones is a bit undersized at 5-foot-10, but he ticks off every other box that the Patriots could want in one of their defensive backs. He's a competitive player who has a physical edge at the line of scrimmage and isn't afraid to fire up field to chip in against the run. He can play press-man or zone, and his solid build (196 pounds) helps him knock receivers off of their routes.
Many believe that because of his physical style and his size that Jones will be limited to a role as a slot corner. But with good ball skills (he was a five-star recruit as a receiver coming out of high school) and solid top-end speed (he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at Alabama's pro day), he may be able to compete for a role on the outside.
Jones was arrested last year after a dispute with an ex-girlfriend but charges were dropped days later. The Patriots met with Jones multiple times during the pre-draft process, and must have felt comfortable enough with him as a person to take him with their first pick of the weekend.
The Patriots could use some depth at corner with Malcolm Butler (restricted free agent after 2016) and Logan Ryan (unrestricted free agent after 2016) not guaranteed to return after this season. Jones is a physical, competitive corner who has competed against upper-echelon opponents and isn't afraid to contribute in run support. He's also an accomplished return man, who has brought back four punts for touchdowns. He was arrested last year after a dispute with an ex-girlfriend but charges were dropped days later. If Jones looks like a good fit character-wise -- Belichick will surely get what he deems a trustworthy report from Alabama coach Nick Saban -- the Patriots could make him their choice. An offensive tackle could be the choice here, but there are long, intelligent players who could be had in the third round. Based on this mock, at least.
The Patriots sent their 61st overall pick to the Saints on Friday night in exchange for the 78th and 112th overall picks.
That addresses a large gap the Patriots would have had after they selected at 96. Previously, the Patriots were going to wait 100 selections - until late in the fifth - before they were on the clock again.
Now they are in position to get a body in that stretch. Their picks are now 78, 91, 96, 112, 196, 204, 208, 214, 221, 243 and 250.
Barring more trades, the Patriots will end their night with four new players.
The addition of Cyrus Jones means the Patriots now have a young corner with ball skills to add to their stable of capable corners.
Malcolm Butler, obviously, is their lead corner and – with him being a restricted free agent after this season – will be sticking around.
Logan Ryan was the starter on the other side with rookie Justin Coleman showing some ability late in the season after coming into the league undrafted.
Jones is a shorter corner – 5-10 – so he may have some slot corner relevance. He’s also a very good punt returner, taking back four for touchdowns last year. The Patriots have been relying for years on Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola to take back punts so Jones – once he’s up to speed with the return game and expectations in Foxboro – figures to be dropped into that capacity as well.
Daryl Roberts, a seventh-round pick from Marshall, is also on the roster as is E.J. Biggers, a former Eagle signed as a free agent.
With Jones, Ryan and Butler, the team has three corners with very good ball skills.