The short answer: it’s very unlikely his presence will do much.
There were rumors that Dallas was the most likely destination for #85, but in the end it was the Dolphins that needed him most and made the deal happen. Who will the Cowboys chase to help fill this position, and how will this new acquisition affect the Dolphins’ NFL odds?
Ochocinco is well past his prime and his only worth now is as a number three receiver. For the high-flying New England Patriots last season, he had only 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown grab.
Nonetheless, #85 will get his chance in an offense that lost number one target Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears during the offseason. As of now the top receivers on the depth chart are Davone Bess and Legedu Naanee.
It’s been said the Dolphins’ receivers are dropping a lot of passes so far during OTA drills, and for all the negatives he brings, Ochocinco does possess good hands. Still, he’s lost that game-breaking speed and there’s always going to be locker room concerns whenever he’s around.
The quarterback situation in South Beach is a lot more muddled than it was in Foxborough too.
There’s no Tom Brady leading the offense anymore. Instead, #85 could have Matt Moore, David Garrard or Ryan Tannehill throwing to him. There’s been no concrete information about who the starting quarterback will be.
Likely it will be Moore that starts out calling the shots, but it won’t be long until fans start calling for Tannehill should things go south.
But back to #85. It seems fitting that Ochocinco will be in a Dolphins jersey this season.
Sure, he’s a Miami native. However, HBO’s well-received series Hard Knocks will be following the team this year and Ochocinco is sure to play a sizable role. Coincidence? You decide.