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Dez Bryant “can’t wait” to face Josh Norman

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys bobbles a ball in the edn zone against Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers at AT&T Stadium on November 26, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Getty Images

When cornerback Josh Norman signed with the Redskins this offseason, plenty of people noted that he’d now be facing Odell Beckham and Dez Bryant twice a season.

Norman’s previous matchup with Beckham got out of hand on the field and both players have fueled the fire ahead of the next meeting with comments that show there’s little respect for the other guy. The same hasn’t been true of Norman and Bryant.

Norman said over the summer that Bryant “goes after the ball like no other receiver” and that facing the Cowboy star brings out the best in him. On Tuesday, Bryant said the feeling is mutual and that he’s excited about the chance to play against Norman this weekend.

“I can’t wait,” Bryant told the Dallas Morning News. “I think it’s going to be exciting for both sides. We look forward to playing some great football. … He has earned his respect in this league. When you go up against a guy like that, you’re going to have bring your best because if you don’t, he’ll get the best of you.”

The question for Sunday is how much time the two men will actually spend playing one-on-one. Norman didn’t spend Monday night locked up exclusively with Antonio Brown, something that coach Jay Gruden doesn’t sound like he’s planning to change despite Brown’s big plays against Bashaud Breeland. Bryant offered a no comment followed by “LOL” when asked about that approach to defending Brown, so we’ll have to see how much laughter this week’s plan elicits.

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48 Responses to “Dez Bryant “can’t wait” to face Josh Norman”
  1. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 14, 2016 9:39 AM

    Shoulda said Breeland… We know he is a liability.

  2. ziplock10 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:42 AM

    He can’t even beat our 2nd best corner!! LOL!!!!

  3. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Sep 14, 2016 9:45 AM

    isn’t norman supposed to be better than the giants d-backs?
    and what did he do against them?

  4. steelnucs says: Sep 14, 2016 9:45 AM

    Don’t know. The few times Norman was on Brown the other night it looked like he covered him pretty well. It’s probably not going to matter anyway because if last game is any indication, Prescott is going to throw underneath and dump off 90% of the time anyway.

  5. funshipm174 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:45 AM

    At least they both can have something to look forward, to going against each other in the battle of irrelevant teams.

  6. sportoficionado says: Sep 14, 2016 9:47 AM

    I can’t wait either but we both might have to wait due to Norman’s inability to beat out his own teammate for the CB1 role–apparently in Washington they like to pay their # 2 corner like he is a shutdown CB1.

  7. mykpfsu says: Sep 14, 2016 9:48 AM

    The reason Norman didn’t defend Brown is because he can’t. Pure and simple. Norman is not, and has never been a shut down corner. If he’s not getting help from safeties or the scheme he’s screwed.

  8. thehatefulnerd says: Sep 14, 2016 9:49 AM

    Let’s start a pool based on when Dez will drop his next clutch reception, and how much he’ll cry about the catch rule afterwards.

  9. dallassux says: Sep 14, 2016 9:52 AM

    He should be. Maybe this week he can get 2 catches instead of 1

  10. truninerfan49 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:56 AM

    Dez won’t get any opportunities to make plays. The Cowboys are going to be very careful with Dak again and there will be a lot of short throws to Witten and Beasley.

  11. eazeback says: Sep 14, 2016 10:01 AM

    norman showed himself not to be who HE thinks he is in terms of coverage. if you’re getting paid you need to lock up on the top receiver week in and week out no matter which side they line up on…..management and the coach knew he would get exposed so they kept him on one side. eli rogers even burned him

  12. my_old_name_was_offensive says: Sep 14, 2016 10:03 AM

    Cowboys made the Wrong decision when they chose Dez over Demarco Murray….

    Dez is rendered useless without a great Qb throwing it to him….

    Murray clearly still has a lotta juice left and would prolly still be putting up 1800+ yd seasons for the Cowboys….

    As recent Superbowl winners have proven….WRs mean little when it comes to winning Lombardi Trophies….

  13. ronjull says: Sep 14, 2016 10:04 AM

    Hard to imagine Dez wont have a better game than last week. 1 catch, 8 yards.

  14. pantherfan4055 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:10 AM

    He wont be going vs dez . Breeland will lol norman can shut him down if he gets the chance

  15. terripet says: Sep 14, 2016 10:11 AM

    Dez your all mouth shut up for once and just play

  16. jgo304 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:11 AM

    1 Catch 8 yards….

    Dez shut up until you do something which you haven’t done since 2014…..have a good game.

  17. sidepull says: Sep 14, 2016 10:13 AM

    Why throw the ball at all? Looks like the Redskins cant stop the run. Could get ugly. Cullen Jenkins is the call they made.

  18. GettingNoRespect says: Sep 14, 2016 10:13 AM

    You can argue why the Redskins didn’t move Norman over to cover Brown, but you can’t argue that the Steelers set Brown to NOT go against Norman all night. If they thought he wasn’t a good back, then why didn’t they go after him?

  19. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 10:13 AM

    Hey Dez, how a bout just catching a few passes and stop flappin your gums.

  20. aj66shanghai says: Sep 14, 2016 10:16 AM

    Byron Maxwell 2.0, but uglier

  21. birdsfan7 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:19 AM

    Cranky Dez and Headcase Norman, what could possibly go wrong?

  22. clayton268921 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:24 AM

    mykpfsu – Calm down. No one can shut down AB. Norman may be over paid and overrated but he’s certainly still one of the top 10 or 15 CBs in the league

  23. metalman5150 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:27 AM

    If brown is so good – Tonkin could have easily lines brown up on the right.

    Tonkin wanted no part of that as evident by the steelers game plan.

    Plain and simple.

  24. amaf21 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:29 AM

    I’ll bet. Dude can’t get open against Breeland or D-Hall.

  25. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 14, 2016 10:33 AM

    They won’t put him on you Dez he is the only shut down corner that they try and hide !

  26. billco6192012 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:33 AM

    Dez doesnt have that deep ball speed or that burst since that injury

  27. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 14, 2016 10:34 AM

    The other question is if these two will play grab a** like Dez and ODB were doing before the game last week.

    I know it’s the old school vs new school thought process but I’m only 30 and thought that was a load of crap. If wining is all you care about, you don’t act like that. As a Cowboys fan I wish winning was all Dez cared about, but I know it’s not.

    You would hope after securing 50 million dollars and being set for life, that winning is what would matter the most.

  28. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 14, 2016 10:43 AM

    my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    Sep 14, 2016 10:03 AM
    Cowboys made the Wrong decision when they chose Dez over Demarco Murray….

    Dez is rendered useless without a great Qb throwing it to him….

    Murray clearly still has a lotta juice left and would prolly still be putting up 1800+ yd seasons for the Cowboys….

    As recent Superbowl winners have proven….WRs mean little when it comes to winning Lombardi Trophies….
    _____________________________________
    Glad you have a short term memory. Last 6 Superbowls:

    The last 6 superbowl winners have had a QB pass for over 4,000 yards……meaning wide receivers are a big factor in the game.

  29. jgedgar70 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:49 AM

    Something tells me that if there are many Dez-Josh matchups, eventually there will be a fight. And Dana White will hyperventilate from the excitement.

  30. codythao35 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:01 AM

    Why when your team has a losing record, makes no sense.

  31. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 14, 2016 11:02 AM

    Breeland has done VERY well covering Dez Bryant, even his rookie year. Not real worried about Dez Bryant. A poor man’s T.O., if you ask me. Lots of media hype because he plays for Dallas. Very good, but not upper-echelon elite.

  32. fallujahff says: Sep 14, 2016 11:09 AM

    You would hope after securing 50 million dollars and being set for life, that winning is what would matter the most.
    ==============================

    That’s part of the problem with the NFL. The “love of the game” or the “love of winning” has been mostly subjugated by the “love of money”.

    Even when players DO do something positive for the game, or winning, they are usually criticized by other players and the fans.

  33. granadafan says: Sep 14, 2016 11:15 AM

    GettingNoRespect says:
    Sep 14, 2016 10:13 AM
    You can argue why the Redskins didn’t move Norman over to cover Brown, but you can’t argue that the Steelers set Brown to NOT go against Norman all night. If they thought he wasn’t a good back, then why didn’t they go after him?
    ===================================

    Where in the world do get that the Steelers think Norman is not a good back? You’re confusing fan trash talking or even some player quote bashing him. Football is all about matchups, put your best player against their weakness. Players and coaches have a lot more respect for opponents than fans who never played the game do.

  34. vegasdestroyer says: Sep 14, 2016 11:23 AM

    If Dez catches two passes with Breeland guarding him, either Gruden will make a change or Dan Snyder will.

  35. boss81hogg says: Sep 14, 2016 11:26 AM

    My Redskins run defense is so putrid, I highly doubt Dez will get many looks on Sunday.

  36. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:26 AM

    If Dak wants to throw underneath all game, do the cowboys know that they can also run Dez underneath?

    As a guy who loves making fun of the cowboys whenever I’m afforded to opportunity, the cowboys inability to get the ball into Dez Bryant’s hands more than once in a 1pt loss to the Giants is laughable.

  37. sportoficionado says: Sep 14, 2016 11:41 AM

    Breeland did get the brakes beat off of him by Brown, any chance Washington puts lil’ josh as CB1 now?

  38. 700levelvet says: Sep 14, 2016 11:48 AM

    The…”Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  39. faeadagbee says: Sep 14, 2016 11:58 AM

    WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  40. firecracker87 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:10 PM

    Sounds like some automatic ejections will be happening frequently this season.

  41. arwiv says: Sep 14, 2016 12:11 PM

    It looks like I read a different article than most people here. In the one that I read, Bryant was very polite and very complimentary of Norman….why is everyone here saying that Dez should be quiet? What did he say that was bad? You peasants do realize that people ASK players these questions, right?

  42. bostonisthebestandyouallsukk says: Sep 14, 2016 12:17 PM

    It’s Goodell’s fault.

  43. GettingNoRespect says: Sep 14, 2016 12:20 PM

    granadafan says:
    Sep 14, 2016 11:15 AM

    Where in the world do get that the Steelers think Norman is not a good back?

    =====================================
    You are missing my point. I said the Steelers obviously think he is a good back because the had AB line up away from him all night. My point was to those fans who say he is no good.

  44. suggzz says: Sep 14, 2016 12:44 PM

    Let’s get more than one catch before we say: “I can’t wait to play against this guy!!”

  45. mmmpierogi says: Sep 14, 2016 1:07 PM

    Dez Bryant “can’t wait” to face Josh Norman

    ********************************************************************************

    By “Josh Norman,” I think Dez really meant “Bashaud Breeland.” Let’s see if the Redskins actually adapt this time or choose once again to let their guy get decimated shamelessly.

  46. bkostela says: Sep 14, 2016 1:14 PM

    steelnucs says:
    Sep 14, 2016 9:45 AM
    Don’t know. The few times Norman was on Brown the other night it looked like he covered him pretty well. It’s probably not going to matter anyway because if last game is any indication, Prescott is going to throw underneath and dump off 90% of the time anyway.
    __________________________

    Norman always had help over the top and was strictly playing underneath. He is an excellent cover 2 corner. He is great at pressing and re-routing receivers and is aggressive in underneath coverage. If the Skins play to his strengths, he will continue to play well. If they make him chase #1 WRs all over the field, he is going to struggle. Not necessarily a knock on Josh. There’s only a few corners in the league who can do that, and they both play in the NFC West.

  47. thegenghiskahn88 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:26 PM

    He better hope Garrett lets Dak throw down the field and that the running game is working.

    And the they better rush for 200 against the redskins.

  48. ziplock10 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:46 AM

    As sure as I know the Redskins will not pick a DL in the draft, the Cowgirls will absolutely throw the ball 40+ times to please Dezzi(And rush under 20 times). And lose.. They, like my Redskins, are that dumb….

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