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WR Joe Horn Ready to Mentor For Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ The post-Katrina version of Joe Horn
is more confident than brash.
But he says he didn't come to Atlanta be flashy. After signing a
four-year, 19 (m) million dollar contract with the Falcons today,
Horn said he came to ``lead by example.''
The 11-year N-F-L veteran says he wants to show Michael Jenkins
and Roddy White what it takes to become a Pro Bowl receiver.
Horn earned four invitations to the annual all-star game, and he
sees no reason why Jenkins, the 29th overall draft pick of 2004,
and White, picked Number 27 in 2005, should set low expectations
for their careers.
Horn plans to help quarterback Michael Vick settle down and make
the most of his talent. Horn wants to smooth the transition of new
Falcons coach Bobby Petrino, who promises to put the football in
the hands of Atlanta playmakers like Alge Crumpler, Warrick Dunn.
Two months after turning 35 and suffering a groin injury that
sidelined him for both playoff games and six overall during New
Orleans' magical 2006 season, Horn promises the Falcons will not
regret giving him seven-and-a-half (m) million dollars in
guaranteed bonuses.
Atlanta led the N-F-L in rushing the last three seasons, but the
Falcons finished last with only 148 yards passing per game. Petrino
plans to add more three- and four-receiver sets, making receiver
one of the offseason areas of emphasis.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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