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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  October 18, 2011 12:11 PM

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...That's what the Patriots are being in describing the disappointing performance of wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Both director of player personnel Nick Caserio and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien said the team was "happy" with Ochocinco at this point and pointed to him being a good practice player.

It appears if Ochocinco can't clear the bar the Patriots are just going to keep lowering it for him until he can.

As much as the Patriots try the nothing-to-see-here approach to Ochocinco's struggles, it's notable. Tom Brady's reaction to another Ocho misdirection route on Sunday and the paltry seven snaps he played speak louder than spurious praise.

The fact they were reported to have pursed a trade with the Broncos for Brandon Lloyd truthfully indicates Ochocinco's progress, and the belief that at some point they're going to need a reliable third wide receiver.

No matter how you spin it, Ochocinco has been a monumental disappointment. Luckily, the Patriots are so good it hasn't cost them yet.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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