Dolphins hope Chad Johnson is back

Chad Ochocinco says he wants to get back to his roots with the Miami Dolphins, even telling the Miami Herald that he is ready to go back to being Chad Johnson.

Johnson/Ochocinco, who is from the Miami area, signed a one-year deal with his hometown team after being released earlier this month by the New England Patriots.

“For me, it’s about getting back to the basics, going back to the root of how it all started, not as far as playing in Miami, but as far as how my game goes and getting back to what we’re all used to seeing,” said Johnson.

“I think I kind of lost that. I’m looking to go back to Chad Johnson, and just make it live again.”

Quarterback David Garrard said the receiver still looked good to him during OTA work on Tuesday.

“The things I’ve seen of him, moving around the field, he’s still very quick out of his breaks. That’s usually the No. 1 decline for an older receiver, and I don’t see that,” said quarterback David Garrard.“And I definitely don’t see it with the hands, because he’s making some great catches, going up over DBs and making the catch. Those are the things you want to see him do, and he’s still doing it.”

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com