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Quiet debut for the loud Chad Johnson in Miami

Chad Ochocinco

FILE - This June 19, 2012 file photo shows Miami Dolphins player Chad Ochocinco talking to the media after NFL practice in Davie, Fla. Chad Ochocinco is officially no more. The Dolphins wide receiver has changed his name back to the original Chad Johnson. Johnson legally changed his name Monda, July 23, 2012 in an appearance at the Broward County Courthouse. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)


If Chad Johnson wanted to prove himself a new man, it wasn’t a good start.

The Dolphins wide receiver, who is trying to bury the Ochocinco that was so forgettable in New England last year, isn’t off to a great beginning.

An easy completion went right through his hands on the Dolphins first possession, falling harmlessly to the ground. It was his only opportunity at a catch, as the second wave of wideouts went in with quarterback Matt Moore as he played into the second quarter.

It’s an interesting time for Johnson.

He’s trying to be his old self, but after a profanity laden opening press conference, he was quickly scolded for his language by coach Joe Philbin, a scene captured on Hard Knocks.

He then changed his Twitter avatar this week to a picture of himself with his middle fingers raised but obscured, with the phrase: “No F---s Given.”

That makes it reasonable to wonder if he’s changed at all, or whether Philbin will tolerate Sideshow Chad for very long.