Ochocinco Puts on a Show

Chad Ochocinco made his first public appearance on Tuesday and he delivered in a big way. Sure, those expecting some outrageous comments in his first interview since signing with the Dolphins might have been a tad disappointed because Ochocinco was brief and non-controversial. But he sure looked like he could help the Dolphins on the field.

Wearing a white skin-hugging shirt under his teal practice jersey number 85, Ochocinco made a couple of nice sideline catches on Tuesday, including an acrobatic, leaping grab against Sean Smith.

That looked like the Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals, the one who went to six Pro Bowls, not the Chad Ochocinco who was basically invisible last year in New England.

Ochocinco had another nice back-shoulder catch later in the practice, this one against cornerback Vontae Davis.

After the practice, Ochocinco's new teammates spoke about the quickness in and out of cuts he has shown since joining the team last week.

Sure, you wouldn't expect his teammates to say anything negative and, sure, it was only one practice, but what we saw on the field on Tuesday clearly was encouraging.

It certainly seems as though Ochocinco still can play and one would think he could wind up with a prominent role on this offense.

Think about it, besides Davone Bess, who's a sure thing in this wide receiver corps?


And nobody comes close to having the kind of resume that Ochocinco has brought.

He did deliver a funny line in his brief — 1 minute, 43 seconds — interview after the practice when he talked about looking to develop a "Brokeback Mountain" type chemistry with his new teammates.

But there were no boastful claims, especially when he was asked whether he considered himself the No. 1 receiver on the Dolphins.

His answer: "I was never good with math," he said, "so I'm not good with numbers, either."

Really, Ochocinco said all the right things, the most interesting being that he wants to go back to the basics of what made him a Pro Bowl receiver in the first place.

At the end of his brief interview, after saying he wouldn't answer any more questions after fielding three of them, he simply said: "I love you. Enjoy the show."

There were some plays to enjoy on Tuesday. Ochocinco and the Dolphins can only hope there'll be plenty more to come.

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