The Patriots made headlines this past offseason by acquiring wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. But the verdict is still out on how much of a factor each player will be this season.
Each star had a tumultuous career before arriving in New England, as they've made news over the years as much for their off-the-field antics and controversial behavior as they have for their actual play. A change of scenery seemed to make sense, and New England seemed like a perfect landing spot given its success in resurrecting the careers of contentious stars.
Corey Dillon and Randy Moss are two examples of players who were all but written off because of their behavior in their previous situation. But the Patriots took each on and saw them perform up to the level that they were capable of.
The hope was, and still is, that Ochocinco and Haynesworth can do the same, but the results haven't exactly been what most Pats fans have hoped for thus far.
A six-time Pro Bowler who has seven 1,000-yard seasons to his credit, Ochocinco hasn't made much of an impact in the Patriots' offense despite the unit's overall success. It appears as though he hasn't fully grasped the Patriots' offensive system, and the result has been him looking lost at times.
While the team's other receivers and tight ends have excelled so far, Ochocinco only has five catches for 87 yards through his first three games with New England. He also had a huge drop in the fourth quarter last week in Buffalo.
Haynesworth also hasn't looked like the star player that he's been at times in his career, and he won't be on the field for Sunday's game in Oakland due to an injury.
Haynesworth went to back-to-back Pro Bowls with the Titans in 2007 and 2008 before bolting for Washington via free agency. He failed to live up the his lofty expectations there, though, earning a reputation as a lazy player.
While he's shown at times that he can still be a physically imposing force, Haynesworth has yet to do much that most would consider Pro Bowl caliber.
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