pinkpink: Josh Norman's quiet season might be one of his best

Josh Norman's quiet season might be one of his best

Dec 3 2017 at 21:29

The first matchup produced nothing special from Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. He didn't make a big play. He didn't get his hands on the ball or do anything to draw attention to himself. All he did was keep Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant -- or anyone else who lined up to his side -- quiet for an entire game. Men'sNikeDenverBroncos#22C.J.AndersonEliteWhiteSuperBowl50BoundNFLJerseyThat sums up  Norman's season. He hasn't done a whole lot special: no touchdowns, not even an interception. He has forced two fumbles. Men'sReebokTomasTatarPremierWhiteAwayNHLJersey:DetroitRedWings#21But in preparation for Thursday's game in Dallas, the first Cowboys meeting showed one thing: Norman is doing his job quite well. In that game, quarterback Dak Prescott threw his way twice; both times Norman had Bryant well-defended on deep balls. That was it; there were no other passes thrown to his target, providing no chances for a big play. "The numbers might not say it as far as interceptions, but he's playing tough, he's playing physical," Redskins secondary coach Torrian Gray said. "He has such a presence out there." That's what Washington wanted when it made Norman the highest paid cornerback in the league in the 2016 offseason.  The Redskins also wanted plays that turned games around. Last season, Norman's play Gerry Cheevers Womens Jersey was heavily scrutinized and dissected. There were weekly questions: Would he cover the opposition's best receiver? In the end, Norman called it his best season though it did not garner any postseason honors -- as he had received following the 2015 season with Carolina, when he returned two of his four interceptions for touchdowns. "Every year there's some kind of Jordan Matthews Jersey elevation in my game," Norman said. "I kid you not. Every year there's a growth and a steady elevation of my  craft, man, coming back and ascending to a new level." This year: "Route recognition. I'm like a speed racer. It's now to another level where I see things so fast because it's slowed down so much. I was really good at it; now Al Jefferson Jersey I took it to another step." The Redskins' defense is again low in the rankings: 20th in yards per game, 25th in points. They're 19th in passing yards per game and 21st in net yards per attempt. Injuries have played a Roberto Osuna Jersey factor, but they remain an inconsistent unit at best.

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