Kazkal Posted May 31, 2009 Report Share Posted May 31, 2009 Palmer Changes Tune On ChadPosted by Mike Florio on May 30, 2009, 11:53 p.m.Recently, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer sounded like a guy who didn’t care whether receiver Chad Ochocinco ever comes back.Now, Palmer is singing a different tune.“He’s a damn good receiver — that’s obvious, everybody knows that –but the guys that are working here and busting their butt here deserve a shot,” Palmer recently told FOX Sports Radio, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “When he shows up he’ll show up and hopefully he’s in great shape and he’s ready to play.“But I never once said anything about not wanting him here and not needing him. He’s a Pro Bowl receiver. He’s put up a ton of yards. He’s extremely dangerous to cover. We would love him when he comes here, but he’s not here right now.”And Palmer might be happy with what he sees. According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Ochocinco is in his best shape since 2005, up 18 pounds from last year’s 178 and running four sub-4.5 40-yard dashes in two-minute intervals.“He’s at the point where he thinks he has to be here to get his mojo back,” Charles Collins, Ochocinco’s position coach in junior college, said of the player’s offseason routine away from Ohio. “If he was in Cincinnati practicing, it would be good, of course. But he feels like in order to get back to where he was, he’s got to focus on those things. When he gets to the minicamp, he wants to show people that he’s ready to play. . . .“To go from one of the top five receivers in the league to 65 in the league hurt him,” Collins added. “He felt that, and he wants to get back. I told him he had to get back and do the things he was doing before Ochocinco and all that other crap.”The team’s mandatory minicamp runs from June 18 to 20. Between now and then, maybe the Bengals should hire Collins. It sounds like he’s the only guy who can get through to Chad.Well I guess he really never did throw him under a bus. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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