It’s NFL training camp time, which means football is back. Fans can now begin to check out their favorite team’s new players and to see how well they perform during practices.
One of the biggest signings during the off-season was cornerback Josh Norman going to the Washington Redskins.
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Norman signed a deal with the Redskins worth $75 million for five years. That makes the defensive star the highest paid corner in the NFL. But during Thursday’s and Friday’s training camp practices, Norman didn’t look deserving of that huge contract.
First during one-on-one drills at Thursday’s practice, Norman went up against Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson. Known for his speed, Jackson beat Norman badly with a vicious comeback route.
Then, during Friday’s one-on-one drill, Norman got burned by receiver Pierre Garcon on a fade route. Fortunately, the ball was underthrown. If it hadn’t been, Norman would’ve been smoked for a touchdown.
This is exactly what fans do not want to see, especially since in the first three games of the regular season, Norman will be facing the Steelers’ Antonio Brown, the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant and the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr.
But though Norman had a tough early camp, fans should not freak out, because he is an incredibly hard worker. Redskins safety Duke Ihenacho told ESPN, “Josh is a technician and you see him even in walk-throughs or in special teams periods or on the sidelines always working on his technique.”
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The Pro Bowler works hard off the field as well as on it. In the videos below, Norman works on his backpedal, footwork, hip turns and breaking on the ball.
The 2015 First Team All-Pro corner knows he will have to keep up the work and get better every day. “Just because I got paid and I’m one of the highest-paid guys on the squad, it’s no different. I don’t feel like I’ve got the money, to be honest with you, because I’m still working. I’m still trying to be better at something, man. What that is, I don’t know yet, but I’m still trying to climb and elevate my level of play, Norman told ESPN.”