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07/29/2011 - 1:02pm
Ochocinco: I have landed in 'heaven'

FOXBORO -- The trade may not be official yet but Chad Ochocinco couldn't be happier following his first morning practice with the Patriots and Tom Brady.

"It's 1 thing to jump and be able to land on 2 feet but I had no idea I was landing in Heaven. Hope all is well on this good Friday," Ocho tweeted early Friday afternoon.

Ochocinco cannot officially begin practicing with the Patriots until Aug. 4 but can attend practice and watch. He - as he did Friday - can also talk with players and coaching staff. His twitter account already has a new avatar, a picture of him shaking hands this morning with Brady. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


07/29/2011 - 10:20am
Belichick: Ocho, Haynesworth deals not done

FOXBORO -- While acknowledging the team has traded for former Pro Bowl stars Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday morning that the two trades have yet to be finalized. 

"We are in the process of working through the trades with Albert and Chad. They still haven't officially been completed yet so there isn't really anything I can comment with them," Belichick said Friday morning. "We're working through the process and when it's complete - if it's complete - we can talk about it then."

Belichick was not originally scheduled to speak Friday morning at the podium in the Gillette Stadium press box but those plans changed with the news of the Ochocinco trade. 

"As it relates to Albert and Chad, any comments on them would just be premature," Belichick added when pressed. "We're in the process of it, no doubt about it. It's not official, they're not officially on...

07/29/2011 - 8:40am
Fulmer on D&C: 'Stability' for Haynesworth

Former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss Albert Haynesworth, who played for Fulmer from 1999 to 2001.

"I had Albert as a young guy," Fulmer said. "He quickly learned how to practice. He was really a fun-loving guy. I enjoyed Albert very much. We have really a good relationship even today, after all those years away in pro football. I had him at a different stage. I had him at stage of development. He really became a great defensive tackle. Obviously, the results have kind of proven now that he certainly can be an impact player in the National Football League as well."

Fulmer acknowledged that Haynesworth made his share of mistakes the last two seasons in Washington but that the player had reason to be upset.

"It's been a struggle," Fulmer said. "In just conversation, Albert feels one way about things, things that were told to him and...

07/29/2011 - 8:12am
Florio on D&C: Haynesworth 'a bad, bad guy'

ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Patriots' acquisition of Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth.

Asked which player is more likely to buy into the Patriot Way, Florio responded: "No question, 100 percent, Chad Ochocinco. He is a guy who has never gotten into any kind of trouble off the field. He is very emotional, and that emotion comes from his passion to win. He's a colorful and entertaining guy.

"He's not malicious in any way. That's the big difference between him and Terrell Owens. Terrell Owens — malicious. Chad Ochocinco — not malicious. I like the guy. I think he's good for football. And I think he feels strongly enough about Bill Belichick that he's going to do whatever Bill Belichick tells him to do. And I think it started with Chad Ochocinco dramatically reducing his activity on Twitter. If you look at his Twitter page, there are only two entries...

07/29/2011 - 7:34am
Mashup: Player's father rips Cards' La Russa

The Cardinals traded outfielder Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays on Wednesday, and that's fine with Rasmus' father, who tired of Cards manager Tony La Russa picking on his son. La Russa had claimed that Rasmus stopped listening to the coaches and implied he was going to his father for hitting advice. Responded Tony Rasmus, a high school coach in Alabama: "Evidently Tony has absolutely made that stuff up. He's got it on the brain. If I was working with my son I'd tell people. Tony needed pitching and wanted to force the GM into making a trade, so he belittled Colby to the fans."

Added the elder Rasmus: "There are three or four guys in the St. Louis clubhouse right now, thinking 'Uh-oh, who is the manager going to pick on next with Colby gone?' "

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