Chris Horton still sees role for himself in new D
The defense has changed. The coaching staff is different. Assignments have been switched around. But safety Chris Horton thinks there's still a place for him in the Redskins' revamped scheme.
"I'm a smart football player," he said. "I've worked extremely hard. Every time I go out there I give it all I got. "
A seventh-round pick in 2008, Horton exceeded all expectations his rookie season. The strong safety started in 10 of the 14 games in which he appeared and recorded 57 tackles and three interceptions -- third among rookies that season. He was named NFL defensive rookie of the month for September.
Horton, 25, cashed in during the offseason when he was awarded $342,197 as part of the league's performance-based pay system that gives compensation based on the ratio of playing time to salary.
His sophomore campaign was another story, though. Horton was making an impact in 2009 when he started five of the Redskins' first eight games, but a toe ligament injury ended his season early.
The injury may also be a career setback. With a new coaching staff in place, a shuffling of assignments and the emergence of Kareem Moore, Horton is not expected to start and is now slotted behind LaRon Landry, competing with Reed Doughty at training camp.
"I don't really feel like I need to impress anyone," the UCLA product said. "I just need to come out and play my game. I'm gonna put the work in and make my plays when I can. I'm gonna leave it up to the coaches."
Despite the safeties who appear to be atop him on the depth chart, Horton said he isn't worried about his spot on the roster.
"I don't feel like I need to be the one stressing," the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder said. "Obviously, I'm working to be a starter and you know what, if that doesn't happen, hey, there's gonna be a place on this team for me."
Horton, like many of his teammates on defense, said the new 3-4 scheme under defensive Jim Haslett is challenging to grasp but each practice and meeting leads to improvement.
"I'm still having a few mental errors but everyday I'm eliminating some," he said. "With this defense you really gotta put the time and work in to really get a grasp of everything. Once you do that it's smooth sailing."
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