Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:49 pm

Watch Terrelle Pryor throw passes to NFL WRs

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been eight days since Terrelle Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, convened a press conference to let everyone know that he expect his client to be a "first-round pick" in the NFL's supplemental draft. It was the first of many PR sleights of hand by Rosenhaus to manufacture interest in Pryor who, by most accounts isn't worth more than a fourth-round pick.

But sometimes perceptions trump reality and when Rosenhaus is writing the script and working the stage lights it's hard to tell where make-believe ends and the truth begins. As NFL Network's Mike Mayock said last week: "Nobody is better than Rosenhaus in driving perceived value. … Sometimes perceived value is almost as good as real value if he can get enough people talking about [Pryor] as a first-round pick."

On Monday, ESPN's Jon Gruden was in Florida to tape a very special "QB Camp" episode featuring Pryor. In an excerpted clip Gruden asks Pryor about the whole "So, what in the world happened at Ohio State?" situation that prompted Pryor to leave school earlier this month.

The show airs in its entirety next week, and perhaps in an effort to lessen the blow of any missteps with Gruden (either on the field on in the classroom), Rosenhaus has released a 75-second video of Pryor working out. He's seen throwing passes to Chad Ochocinco and Antonio Brown who both happen to be represented by Rosenhaus. (Now we're just waiting for Brown to offer unsolicited praise for Pryor's quarterbacking skills.)

As PFT's Michael David Smith notes, "Obviously, Rosenhaus isn’t going to let footage of Pryor’s bad throws get out, so the video that’s been released won’t tell us a whole lot. But it’s still interesting to see how Pryor looks when dropping back and throwing to NFL receivers."

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Posted on: June 17, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 8:26 pm

Ochocinco has another scouting report on Pryor

C. Ochocinco has been singing the praises of T. Pryor (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It was no big surprise when Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco went out of his way the other day to praise former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor after the two worked out together in South Florida.

After all, Ochocinco and Pryor share the same agent -- the all-mighty Drew Rosenhaus -- and Ochocinco is known for making exaggerated claims, especially when he’s updating his Twitter feed.

So when asked on ESPN 1000 (via Pro Football Talk) in Chicago today about his scouting report on Pryor – who, um, has not been as well received by those who break down film for a living --Ochocinco doubled down on his original claims.

Terrelle Pryor's NFL future
Said Ochocinco: “I understand the whole hoopla everybody saying all this, you know, OK, he messed up. I had the first chance actually yesterday was my second day throwing with Pryor. Dude’s arm strength [and] timing was unbelievable. I don’t care what ESPN said, I don’t care what they report, I saw with my own eyes. I’ve seen every NFL quarterback play. Dude, it was unbelievable. With the right coaching, he can become a great NFL quarterback because he has all the tools. He has all the tools that these scouts look for in a quarterback.”

Ochocinco also pooh-poohed a question about whether the Rosenhaus connection played a part in his overexcitement. Naturally, Ochocinco denied that. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Ochocinco isn’t going to be drafting anybody anyway, and neither are any of the analysts who have studied tape on Pryor.

But if I was forced to choose, I’d go with the analysts before I believed anything Ochocinco said.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 4:40 pm

Why wasn't Trent Williams at Redskins practice?

T. Williams might face criticism for not showing up for Washington's workouts (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since players across the NFL have begun participating in workouts organized and led by their peers, we haven’t heard much in the way of criticism against those who have not joined in with their teammates.

WR Chad Ochocinco doesn’t show up for Bengals practice, and nobody makes a peep. WR Braylon Edwards misses Jets workouts, and he doesn’t hear criticism.

But when Redskins LT Trent Williams failed to show for workouts this week, at least one of his teammates had something to say about it.

“We’re here so we think it’s valuable,” G Kory Lichtensteiger told the Washington Examiner. “I don’t know why everyone else doesn’t. I know some people have to book a plane flight, but we have rookies here that are booking plane flights and first-year guys that don’t have a lot of money in the bank booking plane flights. So I don’t think there’s a whole lot of good excuses not to be here, honestly.”

Williams has an excuse regardless.

In an interview with ESPN 980, Williams claimed he thought the camp was for backs and wide receivers. Oh, he’s got another excuse as well. He didn’t find out about the camp until it was too late.

“I feel like it’s a big deal,” Williams said. “If I wouldn’t have found out Monday that the workouts were Tuesday, then I probably would have been there. It was a last-minute deal.”

So yeah, those excuses seem rather flimsy, especially when you take into account the questions about his work ethic. But Williams wasn’t done making them.

From the Washington Post:

Reached by phone Wednesday, Williams said that he has been training with roughly a dozen players in his hometown of Houston. He said he considered attending this week’s workouts, but decided not to go because he was in a wedding last weekend, which would have interfered with travel plans.

“I kind of had my hands tied,” Williams said. “But I figure as long as I’m getting work in and am making sure I’m ready. I’ve been trimming down a little bit, focusing on total body strength, and I started back [doing squats] this offseason, which I hadn’t done since my sophomore year, to get my explosiveness in my legs back. I feel great.”

But if you ask TE Chris Cooley, none of that really matters. Williams can show up or not, and it’s not a big deal.

“Everyone has their own preparation and own thing going on,” Cooley told the Examiner. “We’re not going to be disappointed in anyone not showing up. All I would say is that I’m benefiting from this; I feel this is making me a better player and this is preparing me to play this year.”

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 1:41 pm

Ochocinco defends, works out with Pryor

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Former Ohio State Buckeye Terrelle Pryor and new agent Drew Rosenhaus will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday. We're betting it will be the opening salvo of a PR onslaught to convince the public, and perhaps even a few NFL teams, that not only is Pryor a swell guy who got caught up in a bad situation at Ohio State, but he's also a legit NFL quarterback worthy of our attention.

What you won't see (though it would make the spectacle much more entertaining): Rosenhaus yelling "NEXT QUESTION!" as Pryor is in the background doing half-naked sit-ups.

Coincidentally, another Rosenhaus client, Chad Ochocinco, worked out with Pryor Tuesday and he couldn't quit raving about what he saw (via Twitter, where "tpeezy2" is Pryor's feed): 

"Media says @tpeezy2 is an NFL QB. I come out n see 4 myself n this mofo is good as hell. He messed up yes but got damn he can throw shhh!!!"

Followed five minutes later by this: "I meant to say the media said @tpeezy2 isn't NFL type QB, after running routes n seeing great timing n arm strength I beg to differ."

And NFL Films' Greg Cosell and SI.com's Tony Pauline beg to differ with Ochocinco.

But Chad wasn't done. One final tweet on the matter: "Last tweet about @tpeezy2 With the right coaching after what I saw today with my own eyes he can be a great QB."

If Ochocinco ever starts his own team, it sounds like Pryor will have a job. Otherwise, at this stage of the proceedings, NFL teams don't appear interested in taking a chance on a kid with questionable character and dubious ability. Still, we're pretty sure that won't slow up the Rosenhaus Propaganda Machine. The circus starts promptly at 2!

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Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:28 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 9:02 pm

Lewis: Dalton could be Bengals' Week 1 starter

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's all about perspective. In January, shortly after the Bengals put the finishing touches on another underwhelming season, pretty much everybody -- Marvin Lewis included -- figured the team would have a new head coach in the coming weeks.

Somehow, owner Mike Brown didn't fire Lewis -- and Lewis didn't quit -- which only makes sense in the Groundhog Day/bizarro/funhouse-mirror world of the Cincinnati Bengals. Although Lewis will be back for a ninth season, the team will look decidedly different in 2011.

Quarterback Carson Palmer has threatened to retire if the team doesn't trade him, and wide receiver/soccer hopeful/amateur bull rider Chad Ochocinco has likely caught his last pass in Bengal stripes. Which opens the door for second-round pick Andy Dalton and a bunch of young receivers, including first-rounder AJ Green.

Lewis, appearing on ESPN 101 in St. Louis, spoke on a variety of topics, including whether Dalton could be under center in Week 1.

“Well that’s something we are going to have to see what happens and how it plays out, but there’s no question when we selected Andy Dalton we selected him with that in mind -- that he’d possibly be our opening day starting quarterback,” said Lewis, according to SportsRadioInterviews.com.

Different strokes for different folks, we guess. The Panthers, Titans, Jaguars and Vikings all drafted quarterbacks in the first round (Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder, respectively), but none are expected to start.

Cincy backup Jordan Palmer, who referred to his brother as a "former teammate" earlier in the week, will have a chance to win the gig. But he won't have the luxury of knowing the playbook any better than Dalton; offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski was fired during the offseason and was replaced by Jay Gruden. Everybody's learning a new system.

When asked about Carson's decision to call it a career unless his trade demands are met, Lewis sounded like a man who had long since come to terms with losing the one-time face of the franchise. "Those decisions don’t come overnight," Lewis said. "Those are things that sit in your belly for a long time and they really have a tendency to bother you, so it’s a good decision that he made to move on with the rest of his life and we understand that and accept that. We’ve put things together to move forward, and we’re excited about it. It’s been a great offseason that way, and when we get an opportunity to start working with our players we’ll be fired up and ready to go.”

By most accounts, the organization did a swell job of using the April draft to re-stock the roster. Cincy landed their quarterback of the future in Dalton, the best college wideout in the country in Green, and both will join a young group of pass catchers who showed gobs of potential late last season. Whether it will be enough to improve on a 4-12 record is another matter entirely. But it's not like Lewis hasn't dealt with losing before; in his eight previous seasons, the Bengals finished above .500 just twice. This time, though, the task should be easier if for no other reason than Lewis won't be preoccupied with trying to keep Ochocinco happy.

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Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 8:26 pm

Hot Routes 5.26.11 Ochocinco's latest idea

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Colts director of pro player personnel Clyde Powers wants to clarify: he is not retiring, he was fired.

Joe Webb likes the simpler verbiage of the system that new Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is installing.

Falcons running back Jason Snelling supports the NFLPA but isn’t a fan of the litigation route.

Jeff Fisher’s son, Brandon, is now a member of the Detroit Lions defensive coaching staff.

LaVar Arrington gets what Ray Lewis is saying about the lockout and crime rate.

Fed-up longtime Bengals fan Brett Kostoff gave up his support for the stripes and auctioned off his fandom on Ebay. The winning bid? $510 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rex Ryan is getting work-stoppage advice from Joe Gibbs, the greatest work stoppage head coach in NFL history.

Dwayne Jarrett’s DWI trial will be in July. In a non-lockout offseason, that’s usually the time of year when Jarrett starts getting ready for his upcoming six months of underachievement.

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman says the only way to be in football shape is to play football. (In other words, player-organized offseason workouts won’t be good enough come end of summer.)

Chad Ochocinco is claiming he’ll act on Mike Brown’s sarcastic suggestion and take up snake-wrangling.

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Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:44 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 8:57 pm

Mike Brown not thrilled about Ocho's activities

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 6:50 p.m. EST: It didn't take long for Chad Ochocinco to catch wind of Mike Brown's comments and respond via Twitter. Ocho wrote, "damit Geoff tell Mike Brown to leave me alone with my off field endeavors,he knows what he has,don't like it cut/trade him!"

(The Geoff he's referring to is Geoff Hobson, lead writer of Bengals.com.)


Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Bengals owner Mike Brown and asked him what he thought of Chad Ochocinco’s latest stunt (bull-riding).

“He’s going to do the things he does," Brown said. "Next maybe he’ll be a snake wrangler and we’ll watch to see if he gets bit. He’s always up to some stunt. They amuse me in a way. They concern me because, let’s face it, we want a football player. We aren’t hiring a bull rider, a dancer, a soccer player. We want a football player. It’s simple. And that should be the focus, not on other things.”

Normally, Brown’s assessments would be fair. After all, in a player’s contract, it’s usually specified that things like bull-riding are prohibited. Brown is right when he says “we aren’t hiring a bull rider, a dancer, a soccer player.” Problem is, he’s only right due to a technicality: The Bengals aren’t hiring a bull rider, a dancer or a soccer player because they’re not actually hiring Ochocinco at the moment. You see, Brown and his cohorts chose to lock Ochocinco out.

A question this poses: Would Brown really be that interested in Ochocinco's off-field activities if he planned on trading him?

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Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:38 pm

Podcast: Are fans even relevant in labor battle?

Posted by Will Brinson

Did you hear??? Chad Ochocinco went bullriding. Well, the only thing to really do, then, is to fire up the old podcast machine and talk about it. 

Andy and I also tackle some real football issues in this podcast, including the importance of fans in the lockout, the current labor situation, what Kevin Kolb is worth and much, much more.

Just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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