Thoughts on Chad Ochocinco, Randy Moss

Updated: August 1, 2011, 5:03 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
My first reaction when I saw that Chad Ochocinco had signed with the Patriots over the weekend was that I loved it. I tend to view Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots differently than most NFL teams, as they form an organization that always knows what it's doing and can rehabilitate lost souls. Hey, it worked once upon a time with Randy Moss, right? Now Albert Haynesworth is aboard. But then I thought about the inconsistent Ochocinco from the past few seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He deserves an upgrade with Brady now slingin' it to him, but this surely isn't Moss. Motivation and trash-talking can take a guy only so far … but I still think there's some talent left, too.

Colleague Christopher Harris does a fine job reigning in expectations on Ochocinco, pointing out how he and Moss are not similar in their construction, and how poor No. 85 looked in 2010. I can't argue with those points. Moss was far more of a deep threat, even as he passed 30 years old, and he was able to dominate games seemingly at will. Ochocinco is a strong route-runner, which will surely help, but he and Wes Welker will be sharing a lot of the space. Things don't go well when individuals demand the football.

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