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“I consider myself a football player,” he said. “I don’t let where I got picked matter. All I ever asked for was an opportunity, and I’ve been given the opportunity. I know I can come out and compete at the highest level. I’ve been doing it all my life. The game doesn’t change. It just gets faster, and you spend a lot more time scheming up the other team.”

Horton, who grew up rooting for the Buffalo Bills and not the Saints for reasons even he can’t explain, played well in the preseason opener but then got sick. He missed about a week, including the next game.

“I don’t even know what it was,” he said. “It was crazy.”

For a team’s last draft pick fighting for a roster spot, that was not good news.

“I thought I might be blowing my chance, missing time that early,” he said. “After that first game, coaches saw a little flash, but I know I’m a seventh-round pick, and I’ve got to go to work every day.”

Said Landry, who played a strong game himself: “I could say that this guy was a baller as soon as he stepped in. … I had no doubt. I felt comfortable with him practicing with him [during the offseason] and in training camp.”