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Josh Norman Ready For 'Best On Best' Matchups In NFC East


New Redskins cornerback Josh Norman anticipates passionate matchups against Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant over the next few years.

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman understands that in a division with Odell Beckham Jr. and Dez Bryant, he'll have to bring his A-game each and every week.

In matchups against both wide receivers last season, Norman proved his play equals that of both players.

Against Bryant on Thanksgiving Day, Norman smothered the two-time Pro Bowler, holding him in check for just two receptions for 26 yards.

Less than a month later, Norman and Beckham Jr. engaged in a heated matchup, as neither wanted to give the other any sort of advantage with their battles taking center stage at MetLife Stadium.

While Beckham Jr. would ultimately catch six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, the 2014 first-round pick wouldn't record a catch until the middle of the fourth quarter.

It also snapped a six-game streak of at least 100 receiving yards for Beckham Jr.

"Well, you know, I'm looking forward to a competitive game, hard-nosed competition," Norman said on Monday. "Best on best. You see me, I see you. Nothing more, nothing less. Make a good play? Cool, let's go to the next one. If you don't? Cool, let's go to the next one. At the end of the day, after them four quarters, we're going to see who's standing."

Norman said the matchups, particularly with Beckham Jr., are "going to be fun."

"He's a competitor," Norman said. "I'm going to play, I'm going to give it everything I've got, just as well as he is, and any other competitor. I don't look at it no other way. Whatever happens that day, it will happen. I don't hold the future. But what I do know is I'm going to work my tail off until I see somebody that's different and that's all I'm bringing here, man, just work. Work, work, work. Dedication, determination to my craft. Everything else is pretty much irrelevant, man."

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.

The Coastal Carolina product is transitioning from an established top defense to one that has all the pieces to replicate the Carolina Panthers' success in recent years.

Norman joins 24-year-old Bashaud Breeland at cornerback while also having the guidance from veterans like DeAngelo Hall – who has transitioned over to safety – and Will Blackmon,

"D-Hall, getting to work with him… Shoot, I think he could even be a future Hall of Famer how he's been playing," Norman said. "Then you've got Breeland, he's coming up. He trained with me. He just… I love the way he plays."

With his addition, Norman believes his talent can help take the defense to "a whole 'nother level."

"Front to secondary, secondary to front. Linebackers play off of us and we just do our thing. I think we've got something special here that can do that," Norman said. "We've just got cats that can lock up and go and do however coaches want us to do, and I'm just so appreciative of DC [Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry] and my position coach so much because they allow me to be myself and allow me to do the things that I've done. I can't speak enough about that and I really do appreciate them for not trying to put me in no bubble or box but let me do my thing."




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