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Rookie cornerback gets Steve Smith’s attention


The Panthers have a confident rookie cornerback in camp, a fifth-round pick named Josh Norman. Earlier this week, he was talking about covering Steve Smith in practice, and alluded to covering him well.

He’d get frustrated,” Norman said. “He’d throw his hands in the air. He’d have a couple words.”

Smith’s one of the most competitive players in the league. He practices as hard as he plays.

And now Norman’s gone and stirred him up.

“For a young guy, he’s coming out and he’s playing well,” Smith told Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer on Friday from his football camp. “But as far as how much swagger and he loves to compete, I look at it like all the other veterans – May and June you just kind of cruise a little bit just to get through.

“Once late July, August comes, he’s going to learn very quickly this isn’t Coastal Carolina,” Smith added. “I look forward to camp. I hope he looks forward to camp, just like all the other DBs because the first week is never a good day for them when we’ve got this offense with Chud (offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski). It’s going to be early and often and real quick.”

Smith’s one of the league’s top playmakers. He also feels like it’s part of his responsibility to help coaches pick the team by sorting out defensive backs in practice.

Norman’s going to need all the confidence he can muster. Because now he’s gotten Smith’s attention.

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9 Responses to “Rookie cornerback gets Steve Smith’s attention”
  1. pnthrz1 says: Jun 15, 2012 6:00 PM

    I like the competition chatter. If Norman will study Smith, and learn, he can be a solid contributor.
    You know#89 will remind him of what he said, in Aug, when he’s burning him, lol.

  2. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jun 15, 2012 6:01 PM

    this kid is getting a lot of people’s attention around charlotte. word is that he appears to have the 2nd corner spot behind gamble…it is june though

  3. ncbengalmike says: Jun 15, 2012 8:14 PM

    You know#89 will remind him of what he said, in Aug, when he’s burning him, lol.
    And the rest of the league will remind him when he is getting burned from September to December

  4. klink6224 says: Jun 15, 2012 9:32 PM

    this “kid” really needs to be on the look out for a Smith sucker punch if he keeps up the frustrating coverage and swagger.

  5. goodellsadouche says: Jun 15, 2012 9:38 PM

    Let’s hope Steve Smith doens’t sucker punch another teammate like he did Ken Lucas in 08

  6. backindasaddle says: Jun 15, 2012 9:41 PM

    Steve Smith is an ultra-competitive guy that is in perpetual “RESPECT ME!” mode. If this hot dog rookie shuts him down I would not be at all surprised to see the two of them come to blows. Smith will snap. Smith has shown in the past that he will snap. Don’t be surprised if this young hot dog gets the better of Smith on the field to see Steve Smith go absolutely postal.

  7. swagjag says: Jun 15, 2012 9:43 PM

    The way Smith is talking, a sucker punch in training camp would not be all that surprising.

  8. southcakpanther says: Jun 17, 2012 9:36 AM

    89 will be in beast mode in 2012. The dude looks like he is 25 years old and he looks to be in great shape.

  9. jgedgar70 says: Jun 18, 2012 1:13 PM

    goodellsadouche, backindasaddle, swagjag – would you please go visit some chat room for middle school kids and let us grownups talk football? It is not 2007 anymore. Steve Smith doesn’t sucker punch anyone. Yes, he perpetually believes he’s disrespected, but that works for him. Everyone said he was washed up after 2010 but last year he went to Hawaii. I hope Norman & Smith go 1-on-1 all camp and it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest if they had a fight or two. There are fights in every team’s training camp every single year. It keeps the players with an ultra-competitive edge.

    The best thing that could possibly happen to the Panthers defense is for Norman and Brandon Hogan to develop quickly and make us all forget that Captain Munnerlyn is on the roster.

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