Players around the league are getting into shape during this week’s organized team activities, but Josh Norman is already in midseason form.
Even though it’s only May, the opinionated Redskins cornerback can’t wait for the upcoming season, one that he anticipates will be full of intradivisional feuding. In a wide-ranging interview with Bleacher Report’s Tyler Dunne, Norman explained in his own detailed fashion how he expects his team’s battles with the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles — and his own with Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham and Alshon Jeffery — will transpire.
“Trust me when I tell you, it’s going to be bad blood this year,” Norman predicted. “You think the NFC East didn’t like each other before? This year right here? There’s going to be a lot of fines and maybe some suspensions. I’m going to be honest with you: This s— is going to get really ugly. Because I do have a safety [D.J. Swearinger] that don’t give a f— and I definitely don’t. And I know they don’t have that many people on the offense who do on their side.”
Norman’s professional-wrestler hype parade didn’t stop there. The corner also called out one of his NFC East nemeses, one that will likely not take kindly to the description bestowed upon him by Norman.
In a game of word association, Norman said of Bryant, “That’s a guy. Just a guy. Dez was Dez in 2012, ’13, ’14. Maybe ’14. Now? He’s a guy.
“He doesn’t ‘wow’ you. For me, he don’t. For other guys, he probably will do the worst to them because he’ll bully them. But you can’t bully a bully. You know what I’m saying? That’s why his game doesn’t resonate to me.”
If you recall, tensions between the Redskins corner and Cowboys wideout boiled over following their Thanksgiving tussle after which Bryant said he was “wearing [Norman’s] ass out” and that Washington needed “to get their money back.” Norman responded to NFL.com within a day of Dez’s comments, saying, “It’s not a competition…