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Veteran receiver Joe Horn, who worked out for the Giants on Wednesday but didn’t sign a contract, has an opinion about the team’s interest in him.
And, as usual, Horn wasn’t bashful about sharing it.
Horn said on Sporting News Radio’s The Monty Show that he thinks the Giants flirted with him in order to motivate the other receivers on the roster.
“I was told to pack my clothes because I may be staying,” Horn said. “I had a great workout, I thought, I ran crisp routes and didn’t drop any balls and I did what I was asked to do.  It seemed like the coaches liked it, however, before I could step in the locker room I had an itinerary with my flight back to Atlanta. 
“The opportunity was there, I appreciate the organization and Coach Coughlin for giving me the opportunity, but honestly I kind of felt like I was brought into give those young guys a spark to say, ‘Hey I know you’ve got a job but you can be replaced.’  So I think it kind of boosted and gave those young guys a spark to let them know that Joe Horn was there and their playing time could be taken if they don’t get their act together. . . .
“I can still play, I felt good running the routes, but it was kind of shocking to me why . . . I was asking my agent why would I come in on a Wednesday and be getting prepared to play on a Sunday Night against the Panthers?  For the first 10 weeks I didn’t foresee that happening.  But I took the trip, got on a plane, bumpy flight and all, I hate flying but I did it because of the opportunity and like I said my reason was to play for a Super Bowl contender and the Giants called.”
Horn was released by the Falcons prior to the season, but he also had a guaranteed base salary from the team in the amount of $2.5 million.  He has received little or no interest since being cut.

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  1. philwauke says: Dec 17, 2008 7:29 PM

    Joe Horn can’t believe Joe Horn wasn’t signed. Joe Horn thinks Joe Horn is the best receiver in the nfl even though Joe Horn isn’t currently with a team “It’s simply an oversite”. Joe Horn thinks all Nfl Gm’s are stupid. Joe Horn out!!!!

  2. Spank says: Dec 17, 2008 7:30 PM

    I knew he wouldnt disappoint. I knew somewhere in that quote he would refer to himself in the 3rd person.

  3. sorethumb says: Dec 17, 2008 7:47 PM

    UFL needs to sign him along with Theismann and Jeff George. they all can still play. just ask them

  4. Sock_Puppet says: Dec 17, 2008 7:56 PM

    It is exactly as I mentioned below in the previous posting’s comments.

  5. 3amigosalute says: Dec 17, 2008 7:58 PM

    Maybe he shouldn’t have whipped out that cell phone against the G-men.

  6. dlmcc0505 says: Dec 17, 2008 8:33 PM

    First he says the opportunity was there, then he says they were working him out to show the young guys that they can be replaced by Joe Horn. I think its time for Joe Horn to call it a career.

  7. BuckFutter says: Dec 17, 2008 9:16 PM

    I don’t think the message to the players was “You can be replaced”. I think the message was “Just think of how embarrassing it will be if we replace you with Joe Horn.”

  8. NR4 says: Dec 17, 2008 10:56 PM

    Joe Horn’s been debacled.

  9. wingnut says: Dec 18, 2008 12:28 AM

    YOU THINK????!!!!!

  10. wingnut says: Dec 18, 2008 12:30 AM


  11. wingnut says: Dec 18, 2008 12:31 AM

    debacled??? I wonder how that feels????

  12. meefer says: Dec 18, 2008 4:11 AM

    Maybe they brought him in as a kind of slow-motion demo of how to run routes?

  13. moonbeam says: Dec 18, 2008 9:15 AM

    i’m surprised he didn’t accuse jerry reese of being
    bigoted..his time is all in the past.

  14. Pea Tear Griffin says: Dec 18, 2008 10:07 AM

    He’s been out of football for 11+ months. There are 2 games left in the season, plus an addition few weeks (if they manage to win).
    You expect me to believe that a guy who hasn’t played football in nearly a year could get in shape and up to speed with the team/qb/playbook/coaches in time to make an impact??
    That’s the story here.

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