Tom Brady on Chad Ochocinco: ‘We’re Going to Need Him’

Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco hasn't quite lived up to the hype thus far.

Ochocinco has just five receptions for 87 yards (and zero touchdowns) in his first three contests as a Patriot. To top it off, he let a deep ball clang off his hands late in the Pats loss to the Bills on Sunday.

On Monday, quarterback Tom Brady appeared on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan to give his thoughts on Ochocinco's growth.

"Yeah, he's been working hard at it," Brady said on WEEI. "I think the last few weeks, he's really been much more involved in the game and playmaking. And we're going to need him. We're going to need every single player on the roster. I have a lot of confidence in Chad. He works hard, he wants to do the right thing, he studies. He spends time after practice trying to get it right. It's just been a lot for the new guys in particular, the rookies and for the veteran free agents, to really take in in a short amount of time. But we're making progress each week, and it's showing up.

"Chad is definitely making more plays for us, and that's important for our offense. They're going to have to defend everybody."

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