Okay, so, here is the deal.
- The Vikings could use an upgrade at wide receiver.
- Chad Ochocinco was been released by the Patriots.
So, naturally, Twitter and Facebook are instantly flooded with Vikings fans stumping for Ocho to join the team.
Well, it isn’t so ridiculous if a guy like Mike Florio of PFT, who actually gets paid lots of money to think about these things, makes a comment like this:
“Look at the depth chart,” writes Florio. “He’d instantly be the second-best receiver on the roster, behind Percy Harvin.”
So, if Florio wrote this, it must have some merit to it, right?
Now, I like Florio more than many of you do, but I just can’t see how anyone who is paying attention to anything about this year’s Minnesota Vikings can think that there is a place for the 34 year old receiver on this roster.
Last year, playing in one of the league’s best offenses with one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks ever, Ochocinco rarely made any sort of impact. He played in 15 games, starting three, but managed only 15 catches. He turned those grabs into 276 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings receivers had a combination of Donovan McNabb, rookie Christian Ponder, and Joe Webb throwing to them. Still, many of them managed to out-perform Ocho in 2011.
In 11 games, Michael Jenkins managed 38 receptions for 466 yards and three scores. Devin Aromashodu had 26 receptions for 468 yards and a touchdown. With the Bengals, Jerome Simpson had 50 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns.
I fail to see how the stats, or common sense, could lead someone to believe Ochocinco would “instantly” become the Vikings second best receiver.
The only thing he would instantly become is the Vikings oldest receiver.