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The defensive tackle traded by the Washington Redskins the same day as Ochocinco was obtained has just two tackles and two quarterback hurries in four games, missing the other two with a back injury.

“That missed time is a little bit of a hurdle for anybody,” coach Bill Belichick said Monday, but Haynesworth made “several good plays” against Dallas.

Caserio also has seen progress from Haynesworth.

“The more Albert has practiced and been able to work out some of the techniques and some of the things that we’re doing in practice,” Caserio said, “then that starts to carry over into the game. So it’s a good start. (He’s) still got a long way to go here, but, certainly, (it’s) encouraging with some of the things that he’s done.”

The Patriots obtained Haynesworth for a fifth-round draft choice in 2013. Ochocinco cost them a fifth-round pick in 2012 and a sixth-rounder in 2013.

Going into his final preseason game, just five weeks after the trade, Ochocinco was optimistic that he was picking up the offensive system quicker than expected.

“I’ll be there a lot faster than when I’m supposed to be, especially with as much verbiage as I’ve had to learn in such a short period of time,” he said then. “The transition has been extremely good.”

Not good enough for him to emerge as a reliable target for Brady.

On Sunday, Brady threw to him just once. The pass fell incomplete on the first play of a drive after Dallas tied the score 13-13 with 5:50 left in the third quarter.

Brady appeared to be yelling at Ochocinco as the receiver headed back toward the huddle, but O'Brien took some of the blame for the play.

“That was probably more me than anything,” he said, “going to the well a little too often on something there and (I) probably didn’t put him in the best position.”

At Cincinnati, Ochocinco had 751 catches. He was known for his creative touchdown celebrations, interesting interviews and entertaining tweets.

All that has changed with the Patriots.

He hasn’t scored. And he’s rarely spoken to the press or tweeted after being told to cut back with a team that frowns on colorful comments. He did not speak after Sunday’s win.

On the go-ahead 10-play, 80-yard drive that began with 2:31 left and ended on Hernandez’s 8-yard touchdown catch with 22 seconds to go, Brady completed passes to four receivers as Ochocinco watched from the sidelines.

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