According to Comcast SportsNet New England, Ochocinco wasn't on the same page with quarterback Tom Brady and was taken off the field by coach Bill Belichick for a missed assignment.
"It's like a machine out there and I'm that one part that's not up with anybody else," Ochocinco said. "I got a long way to go, personally. I have to get to the game tempo. I'm behind the 8-ball tremendously. This is different from practice, being in the game. It's a start, I got a feel for it.
"It's like being married. As time goes on you get comfortable and gel and I want to hurry up and get that feeling so I can be me. I gotta get there now. Shoulda been there yesterday."
Ochocinco sounds like he's willing to put the work in and take constructive criticism.
"I need them to stay in my ear constantly, especially during the preseason," Ochocinco said. "The more I hear, the more I can absorb and become a sponge. The more relaxed I am, the better I play.
Ochocinco still getting up to speed
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