Washington was involved in a serious auto accident 15 months ago and underwent reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder. He missed spring ball in 2003, but was recovered enough by last season to earn seven special teams points, second most along with Terrence Wheatley among returning players. In one game Washington came off the edge for a blocked field goal.
Like his fellow defensive backs, Washington is spending his first spring practice session in which he's been able to participate learning the responsibilities in the 4-3 defense.
Buffalo Sports News: How are you liking the new defense?
Vance Washington: I enjoy the new defense. I enjoy the new secondary. It's a little more open, we're using a lot of vision. We're able to look at the quarterback a little longer and we have a little more time to focus on the receivers and see when they're about to break.
We can focus in the backfield whenever they're running sweeps. There's a little more time for everything. So a lot of us more explosive corners, like Sammy (Joseph), T-Wheat (Terrence Wheatley), Lorenzo (Sims), myself – we're really explosive on change of direction and with a little more time we can make a lot of plays.
BSN: You were great on special teams last year, are you wanting to get on the field as a corner more this year?
VW: Both ways — on special teams and defense. I'd like to get in there and block some more field goals and maybe even return some kickoffs. I love doing special teams.
BSN: What do you have to do to get playing time at corner?
VW: Just work hard. Everybody has their own shot. Everybody's abilities are the same, and if not, everybody's got one special ability and we just teach it to everybody else.
BSN: How has Darian Hagan been doing working with you?
VW: Coach Hagan, he's been doing a good job. He's a good coach. He played here and he understands the game. He helps us a lot.
BSN: People know him around here as a quarterback. But he played some cornerback in the CFL. Does he know what he's doing back there?
VW: He definitely knows what he's doing. He's taught me a bunch ever since winter conditioning. I'm learning a lot.
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