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Dolphins find No. 1 wideout under stone
Posted Jun. 12 at 05:44 AM
The Miami Dolphins signed Chad Ochocinco yesterday, and it's sure to be one of those situations where a big-name veteran is signed in the offseason and immediately shows he no longer has the skills or speed to hang with the young pups already on the roster. Or is it?
"It's not an indictment of any of the (receivers) at this point in time," says head coach Joe Philbin. "I don't think it is any different than any position. You always evaluate your roster. Jeff (Ireland) and his guys turn over every stone and they look for way to improve the club."
Ochocinco showed very little in New England last year, buried on the depth chart behind the team's wideouts and tight ends. But would anybody be surprised if he's a Week 1 starter in Miami? Their top receivers are currently Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Legedu Naanee, Anthony Fasano, and some young wideout from a group that includes Clyde Gates and Marlon Moore. You don't need to be particularly high on Ochocinco to imagine he'll be starting this season, with only Hartline and Bess likely to be more effective -- at best.
The Dolphins should be one of the league's lesser teams with one of its more anemic passing offenses, but somebody has to catch passes next year. Their No. 1 might very well be the guy Jeff Ireland found under a stone in June.
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