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Chad Johnson: 'It feels good to be able to breathe again'

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  August 1, 2012 02:58 PM

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Chad Johnson, the Dolphins wide receiver who called himself Chad Ochocinco when he was with the Patriots last season, seems to be happy in his new surroundings.

In a question-and-answer session with reporters Wednesday at Dolphins camp, Johnson touched on his time in New England and how his new team is different.

“It feels good to be able to breathe again,” he said, in comments posted by the Palm Beach Post. “What you’re seeing now, what you’re hearing, that’s always been me, keeping everybody loose. But when it’s time to play, I always show up.”

Johnson didn't exactly show up for the Patriots on the field last season. He had just 15 catches, and his performance was a hot topic of conversation. He said he didn't regret his time with the Patriots.

“No man, I learned so many things," said Johnson. "That’s one of the greatest coaches ever in the game. Learned a lot of things: Discipline, learned to shut the [expletive] up for a year. I never thought I could do it, but I did it. Learned watching Tom (Brady), his work ethic, unreal. Even though I wasn’t able to produce, or able to play like I wanted to, I learned a lot of things there that’s made me a better player. Some of the things that I’ve brought here, leadership, something I’ve never focused on.”

On why it didn't work out in New England, Johnson said, “I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. Fins up. [Expletive], it doesn’t matter.”

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