Will Chad Johnson's Name Change Affect His Play for the Miami Dolphins?

Cedric Hopkins@FieldandCourtContributor IJuly 29, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots waits on the field during warmups before the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson—formerly Chad Ochocinco—feels that by changing his name, his game will take flight once again.

While Johnson was with the New England Patriots, he wasn't permitted to let loose and be his crazy self. “My personality was controlled last year," Johnson told Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. "You didn’t hear me at all last year. Zero. Zilch."

Apparently, with the Dolphins, Johnson will be able to get back to his flamboyant ways.

“One of the things I like about being here, that’s so refreshing, and is such a weight off my back, is I can be me, whatever that entails," Johnson told The Miami Herald.

But will Johnson's antics lead to better numbers in the stat columns? Most say no. 

Most sports bloggers believe Johnson will be a disappointment and unable to learn Miami's playbook. Can he learn the Dolphins' system? If you listen to the editors at Pro Football Weekly, the answer is a resounding "no." 

But on the other side of the fence, some bloggers say that now that Bill Belichick's foot is off of his neck, he'll get back to being a top-talent wide receiver. 

Whether or not Johnson becomes an impact player remains to be seen. To take that a step down, whether he even makes the final 53-man roster remains to be seen.

Either way, it will be a nice pickup for HBO and their Hard Knocks series.