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Chad Ochocinco shows everyone some love on a quiet Saturday 11.19.11 at 3:30 pm ET
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FOXBORO — This figured to be a very quiet Saturday inside the locker room.

Even by Patriots standards.

Most of the players had their moment with the media during the week and everyone was just wrapping up their belongings following a Saturday practice inside GIllette Stadium.

Then Chad Ochocinco happened.

First, standing in his electric green sweatshirt by his locker, he shouted to Aaron Hernandez and asked if he had yet downloaded Lady Gaga for his listening pleasure.

Hernandez looked back across the way at Ocho with a smile that said, “Sure, Ocho. Whatever.”

The backstory here, of course, is that Ocho – in a team bonding moment – took a busload of teammates to Mohegan Sun for a Kanye West and Jaz-Z concert.

Hernandez was on that bus with Deion Branch, Kyle Love, Patrick Chung and Jerod Mayo.

Ocho wouldn’t leave it at that. He said Lady Gaga was “real” music and he should get himself hooked on it.

Then, he addressed reporters in a very informal gathering in the middle of the room. He joked (maybe) about sitting down with a group of us over a meal and catching up on life. He still did not want to talk for the record, just chat and let everyone know that he’s still Ocho.

He ended his chit chat by wishing everyone well and kissing a TV reporter on the cheek.

His kissing didn’t stop there with the cheeky behavior. On his way out, he gave a hug and a smooch to Wes Welker, who could only accept the affection.

WIll this mean a big game for No. 85 on Monday?

He just gave a smile – but no kiss – when I asked.

Read More: Chad Ochocinco, Deion Branch, Jay-Z, Jerod Mayo
Target practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through nine games? 11.17.11 at 2:13 pm ET
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Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains an imperfect stat ‘€” a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback ‘€” it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might have in his pass catcher. After nine games, here’€™s a look at the target breakdown in the New England passing game for the 2011 season:

Kevin Faulk: 5 catches on 5 targets (100 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 5 catches on 6 targets (83 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 4 targets (75 percent)
Wes Welker: 72 catches on 101 targets (71 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 52 catches on 73 targets (71 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 37 catches on 55 targets (67 percent)
Deion Branch: 37 catches on 60 targets (62 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 12 catches on 20 targets (60 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 11 catches on 23 targets (48 percent)
Julian Edelman: 3 catches on 7 targets (43 percent)
Matthew Slater: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
Taylor Price: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
Dane Fletcher: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
TOTAL: 238 catches on 360 targets (66 percent)

By position:
Running back: 25 catches on 35 targets (71 percent)
Tight end: 89 catches on 129 targets (69 percent)
Wide receiver: 124 catches on 195 targets (64 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Read More: Aaron Hernandez, BenJarvus Green Ellis, Chad Ochocinco, Dane Fletcher
Key Moment: Gronkowski gets loose for go-ahead score 11.14.11 at 1:03 am ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For the Patriots, the key moment in Sunday’€™s win over the Jets came at the end of the first half. With New England in a 9-6 hole because of a safety taken by quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots responded with a six-play, 80-yard drive that took 1:11 and ended with an 18-yard pass from Brady to Rob Gronkowski deep over the middle that gave New England a 13-9 advantage.

Gronkowski finished with eight catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the win, but his work on that drive — where he accounted for 55 of the 80 total yards — was immense in giving the Patriots a lead they wouldn’€™t relinquish.

‘€œIt was a very important drive,’€ Gronkowski said. ‘€œThey were up, and we had to go back into halftime and put some points up. We had about a minute and a half, and everyone did well. Everyone executed well. It was a good overall drive.’€

‘€œI think we put players out there we think that can produce when they get the opportunity,’€ said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. ‘€Rob got some chances tonight, and he made them count. But other guys have done that too.  Wes [Welker], Deion [Branch], [Danny Woodhead] Chad Johnson, Ocho, whoever, pick one. They’€™ve all had their chances and we feel like they can all be productive.’€

With the win, the Patriots move into sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

‘€œIt was definitely a big win,’€ Gronkowski said. ‘€œComing on the road, you have to win road games. It was huge. It was for first place in the division, but we have many more games. We have to take them one game at a time… but it was definitely a big victory.’€

Read More: Bill Belichick, Chad Ochocinco, Danny Woodhead, Deion Branch
Peter King on M&M: Chad Ochocinco will perform before end of season 11.11.11 at 2:05 pm ET
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Sports Illustrated’s Peter King joined Mut & Merloni Friday at noon for his weekly appearance. In addition to discussing the Penn State scandal, King talked about the upcoming Patriots-Jets game, as well as his thoughts on struggling wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.

It has been a disappointing year for Ochocinco, to say the least. The Patriots wideout has just nine catches in eight games so far this season and has been criticized for not learning the New England offense quickly enough. With the cut of Albert Haynesworth earlier this week, many are wondering if Ochocinco is next.

But King thinks that the Ochocinco situation cannot be compared to Haynesworth and that No. 85 will have a breakout performance before the end of the season.

“We can all say whatever we want, that it’s ridiculous that Ochocino has nine catches in eight games and he just hasn’t been the answer that they thought he would be. Well, no kidding,” King said. “But I think the one thing you can’t say is that he’s not giving an effort. It’s just not working out right now. I might be wrong about this, but I think it’s going to work out before the end of the year and I do think that at some point [Tom Brady and Ochocinco] are going to get on the same page.”

Brady, Ochocinco and the rest of the offense are going up against the Jets this Sunday night in a showdown for first place in the AFC East, or at least a tie for first place. The Jets defense allowed the Bills just 11 points last week in what King called a “championship defensive game” by New York. King said that the Patriots defense will have to put more pressure on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez if New England wants to win on Sunday.

“One of the problems that I see for New England in this game is they have simply not put enough pressure on the quarterback,” King said. “And I think they’re going to need to do that in this game, because otherwise the receivers are talented enough, [Plaxico] Burress and [Santonio] Holmes, to make plays down the field against that secondary.”

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Read More: Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco, Peter King, Tom Brady
Target practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through eight games? 11.10.11 at 12:53 pm ET
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Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains an imperfect stat ‘€” a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback ‘€” it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might have in his pass catcher. After eight games, here’€™s a look at the target breakdown in the New England passing game for the 2011 season:

Kevin Faulk: 5 catches on 5 targets (100 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 5 catches on 6 targets (83 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 4 targets (75 percent)
Wes Welker: 66 catches on 93 targets (71 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 44 catches on 62 targets (71 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 33 catches on 50 targets (66 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 11 catches on 17 targets (65 percent)
Deion Branch: 32 catches on 51 targets (63 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 9 catches on 21 targets (43 percent)
Julian Edelman: 3 catches on 7 targets (43 percent)
Matthew Slater: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
Taylor Price: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
Dane Fletcher: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
TOTAL: 212 catches on 321 targets (66 percent)

By position:
Running back: 24 catches on 32 targets (75 percent)
Tight end: 77 catches on 112 targets (69 percent)
Wide receiver: 111 catches on 176 targets (63 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Read More: Aaron Hernandez, BenJarvus Green Ellis, Chad Ochocinco, Dane Fletcher
Kevin Faulk: ‘We have to keep our heads up’ 11.09.11 at 3:06 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Eyebrows were raised last Sunday at Gillette when Kevin Faulk was a pregame scratch, just one week after making his return from right knee surgery that ended his 2010 season in – of all places – the Meadowlands.

Now, Faulk has a chance to return to the scene of the crime. Will he be ready to go?

“I’m ready to roll,” Faulk said Wednesday, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that his health is not the issues. “Whatever happens, happens.

“Let’s just go out there and play football, work on our mistakes and try to win a game on Sunday. That was Sunday. That was last week. We’re talking about a whole different week now. We’re focusing on the Jets and trying to get our team rolling again.”

Sunday gave him to watch the recent Patriots offensive struggles from a distance.

“I’ve seen us not producing,” he said. “I’ve seen us not putting up enough points to win the football game for our team. That’s what we haven’t been doing.”

Is there a reason why?

“If we found out the reason, we wouldn’t be talking about this right now. Going out to practice, working on new things and trying to get things done.”

Is it all about execution?

“You can say that but we have to play better, as a football team, as players.”

While a leader on the team, Faulk steered clear of any Albert Haynesworth reaction or analysis.

“That what coaches do,” Faulk said. “We play football. We don’t worry about none of that.”

He has been and is still working with Chad Ochocinco on the practice field.

“He’s working hard like every other guy on the football team,” he said. “You can see it. It’s showing. You just have to keep going. Everything we’re doing right now, like coach said, ‘we have to do it better.’ It doesn’t matter how good we thought it was, it’s got to be better, it has to be better.” Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco, Kevin Faulk, New England Patriots
Player Poll: Chad Ochocinco, Tom Brady among NFL’s most overrated 11.07.11 at 6:38 pm ET
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A poll of 111 NFL players by The Sporting News featured a pair of Patriots on the list of the NFL’s most overrated players. Tim Tebow (22 votes) and Tony Romo (21) were runaway selections for the top two spots in the category. A bit further down the list, Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco received five votes to finish in a tie for fifth place, while Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named on three ballots, tied with Chargers QB Philip Rivers and Cardinals signal-caller Kevin Kolb for seventh in the NFL.

Ochocinco was on another ignominious midyear list. He ranked sixth in a survey by Forbes of the most disliked NFL players by the public, with 35 percent of fans suggesting they had a poor opinion of the mercurial wide receiver. That was still behind Patriots teammate Albert Haynesworth, who was the fourth most disliked player in the NFL, with 46 percent of survey participants suggesting they disliked the defensive lineman. He finished behind Michael Vick (60 percent dislike rate), Plaxico Burriss (56 percent) and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (49 percent), all of whom have been either convicted of or charged with crimes in recent years.

Read More: Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco, most dislike player, most overrated player
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