Will Chad Ochocinco's name change help?

July, 11, 2012
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New Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Ochocinco is all about change. Last month during minicamp, he talked about getting back to the basics, focusing on fundamentals and becoming the dynamic player he once was. Ochocinco also got married last week.

Ochocinco also says his transformation in 2012 will include going back to his birth name: Chad Johnson. The change has already been made on his Twitter account.

The name change to Johnson brings Ochocinco's career full circle to when he was one of the league’s most dynamic receivers. Johnson was a six-time Pro Bowler for the Cincinnati Bengals and averaged nearly 80 receptions for seven seasons. Ochocinco never lived up to those expectations following the name change. He averaged just 51.75 receptions in four seasons, including a career-low 15 for the Patriots in 2011.

Which version of Chad Johnson/Ochocinco will Miami get? He may not be the same explosive player he was at 25. But Johnson/Ochocinco should be better than the struggling, confused player we saw last year with in New England.

The Dolphins and their thin receiving corps would be much better off with a resurgent Ochocinco/Johnson.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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