Chad Ochocinco has only been with the Miami Dolphins for a few weeks.
And though it's clear his understanding of the Dolphins' new playbook will take time, he seems to be fitting in just fine.
One of the obvious developments has been a chemistry between Ochocinco and Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith.
Beyond their public praise for one another on Twitter, the share a spirited competition on the practice field.
Last week, they played it up a little bit for NFL Films cameras shooting segments for HBO's "Hard Knocks."
During a two-minute drill Wednesday inside the Dolphins' indoor practice bubble, quarterback Matt Moore lofted a pass to the back right corner of the end zone. The ball was intended for Ochocinco, but Smith was able to break up the pass.
Smith waved both arms signaling incomplete as Ochocinco picked himself off the ground.
Ochocinco had some words, then Smith reminded him regardless of Ochocinco's prior accomplishments he is stands taller at 6-3 than the newly acquired wide receiver does at 6-1.
"I don't know why this guy thinks he's bigger than me," Smith said in a joking manner. "Every day he flexes his little muscles at me."
Reporter: "You keep telling him you're 6-3."
Smith: "You know what I mean? So for him to keep trying to jump over me for the game winner was ridiculous."
The light-hearted squabbling has introduced a new energy to practice. Not only does Ochocinco challenge the secondary with his fast feet and sure hands, but also with his words.
"It's fun when you're out here," Smith said. "If not it gets real quiet out here. You understand because you have younger guys that are focused on doing the right thing, but at the same time it's practice. We want to stay loose. I want to have fun out here. When you have a vet, a guy out there that knows what he's doing we can have fun at the same time."
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