When you think of the best corners in the NFL, it’s usually a short list of guys. You know, guys like Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Joe Haden. But let me introduce you to a guy I found out about during my days at Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina a few years ago.
Following yesterday’s performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you’re going to hear Norman’s name began to get mentioned a lot more from now on as a really good, young upcoming corner. Fuck that, Norman is already great. Against the Bucs, Norman was targeted 8 times and only gave up 2 catches (both to Vincent Jackson) for 31 yards. He also had 2 interceptions (returned one for a touchdown) and had another pass deflection.
But knowing how people are, they are going to say something along the lines of “it’s only 4 games, calm down”, well they’d be right by saying it’s only 4 games into this NFL season. But they would be wrong to assume that Norman’s greatness just started this year. His 2014 season was pretty impressive, allowing 27 catches on 58 targets, 2 interceptions, 8 more passes defensed and quarterbacks had a passer rating of 53.2 when targeting him according to Pro Football Focus. But in 2015, he’s managed to take his play to another level. Quarterbacks targeting Josh Norman are completing 43% of their passes for 1 touchdown, 4 interceptions and a league leading 23.1% passer rating.
Josh Norman vs #1 WR’s in 2015:
Allen Robinson (Jags): 0 catches on 3 targets
Deandre Hopkins (Texans): 2 catches on 7 targets, 24 yards
Brandin Cooks (Saints): 2 catches on 3 targets, 23 yards, 1 interception
Vincent Jackson (Bucs): 2 catches on 6 targets, 31 yards, 1 interception