Ochocinco seems to be feeling heat

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Ochocinco seems to be feeling heat

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO -- The Patriots' locker room can be a desolate place during the media access period even when things are going well.
When things go badly, players tend to turtle even more. So when Chad Ochocinco strode into an otherwise empty locker room Monday afternoon, it seemed agood time to get a State of the Ocho address. He'd been ducking interviews for going on two weeks, ever since he was torn a new one by Tedy Bruschi over an innocuous tweet. Ocho had courteously explained he needed to get his playbook down before he held court. The media respectedthateven though players are contractually obligated to make themselves available at least once a week. After all, Ochocinco seems to bea good enough guy and he's promised that when he gets going he'll give us all we need. Give him a break, right?But after Sunday's loss in which his inability to make plays figured prominently, questions needed answering. He did so halfheartedly. On Monday, as he leaned into his locker with about 30 media members creeping closer, I asked if he had time for an interview. "Are you going to ask me every day," he asked. "Just doing my job like you're doing yours," I answered. "Great sarcasm," Ocho answered. I told him I didn't mean it the way he took it. "Great sarcasm," he repeated. He escaped to the equipment room, returned and turned down the group. Whether it's Bruschi, ESPN or any of the local entities, criticism of Ochocinco's performance here has clearly made its way to his ears. And now he's hearing it even in normal exchanges where it isn't intended. Heaven never felt so cold.Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad

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Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad. 

Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards. 

With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.

With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.

Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday

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Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had both of their qurterbacks on the field and suited up for Tuesday's shells-and-sweats practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. 

Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are dealing with injuries, but both were present for the session, as were the rest of their teammates on the 53-man roster. 

Brissett was spotted in the Patriots locker room before practice with no brace or wrap of any kind on his thumb, but he did have his right thumb taped when out on the field. 

Patriots tight end AJ Derby was the lone player in a black practice jersey, indicating that he has been named practice player of the week. Running low on quarterbacks, Derby may have served as the scout-team quarterback as the Patriots defense prepared for the Texans. He played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions.

The Patriots have four practices scheduled this week, and the team will release injury reports, as usual, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.