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Mon, 10/17/2011 - 3:07pm  

O'Brien, Caserio back Ochocinco

Chad Ochocinco has appeared to struggle at times over the course of his six-game career with the Patriots, but offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and director of player personnel Nick Caserio are standing by him.

One day after he went without a catch in the Patriots’ 20-16 win over the Cowboys, both O’Brien and Caserio lauded the work and progression of the wide receiver who has just nine catches through six games.

“Ocho is progressing every week,” O’Brien said. “He’s done a really good job at practice and when he’s been in certain parts of games, he’s produced -- two-minute drives at the end of the half and things. We’re happy with where Ocho is right now.

“This is a unique place,” O’Brien added. “We have a lot of guys that contribute, some guys in certain games are contributing more than others. At some point in time, we’re going to need everybody to contribute. So that’s kind of where it is right now. Ocho is probably in that category, and really working hard to keep producing, and eventually help us in different ways.”

“We’re happy with what Chad has done for us,” Caserio said. “He’s probably one of our best practice players. He goes out there and works hard, practices hard. He competes and has made plays when he’s had the opportunity. We’re six games in, it’s a long season, and we’re happy that Chad is on the team.”

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