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DAVIE, Fla. -- Chad Johnson understands many were writing him off after his forgettable 2011 season with the New England Patriots. He even acknowledged questioning himself. But less than a week into training camp with the Miami Dolphins, Johnson said he has no doubt he can recapture the form that made him a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals. "Why? Because Im good," Johnson said Wednesday. "Im really good. The odds have been stacked against me since 1978. I had a bad year. Finally. I handled my business for a decade straight. I hit an obstacle. I didnt complain. I didnt become a distraction. I took a bullet, worked this off-season, Im here, still working. Im not complaining. Ill be back to normal. I dont have a choice." Johnson, signed by the Dolphins in June four days after he was released by New England, spoke to reporters for the first time since the start of training camp. But Johnson, with painted black fingernails minus the gold shoes he had worn at practice, made it worth the wait. "Ive always been humble, but when its time to play the game and I cross the line, Ive got to be me," Johnson said. "Thats what made me, me. Im not a bad guy at all. I have fun. I give you guys things to write about and Ill do the same this year also. Ive got to make up a years worth of work, so you guys are going to be working double time." Its an entirely different atmosphere for Johnson this summer, who has been allowed to be his outlandish self. That wasnt the case last year in New England. "It feels good to be able to breathe again," Johnson said. "Without getting into it, you should know what I mean. It feels good to be able to breathe. What youre seeing now, what youre hearing as far as how Im doing in camp, thats the way it used to be for 10 years straight. Thats me. Thats always been me, keeping everybody loose, including in the locker room, outside, bringing a different type of energy. But when its time to play, I always show up and I play." After averaging 76 catches the previous nine years, Johnson caught only 15 passes in 15 games in 2011 after the Patriots acquired him in a trade with Cincinnati for a pair of draft picks. Johnson, though, said he didnt regret his one season in New England. He said he learned a lot, including discipline, and how to shut up for an entire year. "I never thought I could do it, but I did it," Johnson said. "I didnt do one interview that entire season. Even though I wasnt able to produce, wasnt able to play like I wanted to, I learned a lot of things there. Its made me a better player." Needing help at wide receiver after trading talented yet controversial Brandon Marshall to Chicago in the off-season, the Dolphins signed Johnson after giving him a workout. First-year coach Joe Philbin said no promises were made to Johnson, only that hed be given the opportunity to compete. Philbin said Johnson has caught the ball well in training camp so far and also has impressed with his work ethic. "This guy likes football a lot," Philbin said. "He comes up to our meetings sometimes and just wants to hang around. Hes a little bit of a gym rat in that regard, which is good. You like players that like the game and he wants to know. Hes not afraid of being coached." Even though his 766 career receptions are 276 more than the other 11 wide receivers on the Miami roster combined, Johnson isnt taking anything for granted. He said he is approaching camp with the mindset he has to earn a spot and prove himself after last year. "That was horrible," Johnson said. "I mean, 15 catches? Come on. "Im working. Im working like a rookie again. Im flying around. Im running around like a young dude, just having fun, being detailed, being consistent and working on my one weakness, which has always been blocking. Its no secret. Getting open, never been a problem." Johnson has never been shy about talking to his quarterbacks, and that clearly hasnt changed. "The other night we were walking out, we had the (next) day off and I said, Chad, what are you going to do on your break? " Matt Moore recalled. "He said, I dont know, but Ill probably be open. "I love it. Thats the kind of guy he is. He keeps everything light. Hes been a pleasure to work with so far." Johnson, who recently changed his name back from Ochocinco after his Fourth of July wedding to reality television star Evelyn Lozada, is serious when it comes to re-establishing himself as an elite wide receiver. Especially now that hes playing in his hometown. "Being here is awesome," Johnson said. "Im home. Its good to be home and I dont have a choice but succeed. 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