Josh Norman Gets Burned Over & Over By Redskins WRs On First Day Of Camp


Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. made headline a few weeks ago after he went on record saying that CB Josh Norman is on relevant because of him.

Widely regarded as the best defensive back in the league last season on his Super Bowl Panthers, Norman was to many’s surprise let go by the team after failing to get a deal. Norman was soon scooped up by the Redskins for a whopping 75 million for 4 years.

If there’s any criticism of Norman it’s that he is a system star, meaning the defense scheme by the Panthers made him into a star, rather than emerging as one on his own terms per say. The corner who always seems to talk the talk didn’t quite walk the walk on the first day of Redskins training camp though, getting burned by WR after WR.

DeSean Jackson was the first to make Norman look foolish, sending him into 5 yards of separation on a simple curl route:

Norman was then beat by Pierre Garçon on a deep ball:


  1. You can’t expect a guy to be 100% on day 1 with a new team. He’s still learning the system. As a Panthers fan though, I’ll say he does get beat vertically a lot. He has horrible acceleration, but males up for it with speed. Watch the second vid in this article. He gave up 5 yards early, but was there with a hand in the face at the end. He uses that as an advantage though, and it works really well. It fools the qb into throwing, and at least 90% of the time he gets at least 1 hand on the ball at the end. See the end of the Panthers/Saints last fall. He got burned badly, but came up with a spectacular INT to seal the win.

    On the other hand, he isn’t worth the $75 million he got. He’s a $10 million/year guy tops. He’s amazing, but very vulnerable to the mid range game without help over the top, and curls/slants have always given him fits. Luckily though, the Panthers knew his weaknesses and schemed perfectly to cover them. If Washington does the same, he’ll be back in the pro bowl this season.

  2. One thing I did notice (on the Garcon catch) is how Norman got his head around at just the right time. No, he didn’t break it up, or stop Garcon but you can see the skills. Most CB’s don’t ever get their head around especially after being initially beat. To me, that’s a positive thing, and for God’s sake, it’s the 1st day of camp.

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