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Jerry Rice Is Excited To See The Battles Between Josh Norman And NFC East Receivers

Jerry Rice knows a thing or two about cornerbacks – he faced them, and beat many of them, his entire playing career.

The Washington Redskins announced on Friday, April 22, the signing of free agent cornerback Josh Norman. Here's a gallery of photos from his career.

So when asked about the matchups between new Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and NFC East wide receivers Odell Beckham and Dez Bryant, he couldn't contain his excitement, a tribute to his belief in Norman's skills.

"Oh my god, this is going to be a great battle with Odell Beckham and then with Dez Bryant. And Antonio Brown, he's going to be in the mix this coming season," Rice said. "I think with Josh, he has confidence in himself that he's that shutdown corner, so he's going to get the opportunity to really prove that, going up against some of the best receivers in the league."

Rice wouldn't suggest how he might fare against Norman if he were still in the league today, but he does admit one thing.  

"It would be a great battle," he said.

"I remember Deion Sanders, I remember Darrell Green, some of the most talented defensive backs to ever play the game and you had to work hard to get off the ball and catch the football on those guys. With Josh Norman or [Richard] Sherman, I think the most important thing is that you have to have confidence as a receiver that you can defeat bump and run and then make the plays."

Hot take: There will be no confidence lacking between Norman, Beckham or Bryant. 




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