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Norman on covering Beckham all game: I didn’t get the memo

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 20:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants in action against Josh Norman #24 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Getty Images

A report on Wednesday from Britt McHenry of ESPN said that the Redskins plan to change up the way they use cornerback Josh Norman against the Giants this weekend.

The plan, per the report, is for Norman to follow Odell Beckham around the field unless Beckham is lined up in the slot. That’s something Norman would like — “Heck yeah” was his response to a question about it — but the cornerback said that a plan calling for him to do that is news to him.

“I didn’t get the memo,” Norman said, via

Coach Jay Gruden also denied that there’s a plan in place that calls for Norman to guard Beckham exclusively. If that is the way things play out, plenty of people will be watching to see if there’s a resumption of the hostilities between the players from last season.

Norman and Beckham have provided reason to believe they will flare up with their words over the offseason, although Norman played a different tune on Wednesday. He said there’s “no hate whatsoever” for Beckham and that he’s turned the page on last year’s activities.

“God tells us to forgive all,” Norman said. “So I’m working on that, but I have moved past it. That was last year. There are things that happened in the past that stay in the past whether they’re here or not. I’m sure he didn’t want it to happen, just like everybody else didn’t. But it did. My feelings about it, really doesn’t matter to be honest with you.”

Should the Redskins lose on Sunday, they’ll be 0-3 and the Giants will be 3-0 so there’s plenty of motivation to come out with a strong performance beyond winning any individual battles with Beckham. Winning it would certainly help the team’s chances of winning the game, so Norman can probably go ahead and try to do both.

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27 Responses to “Norman on covering Beckham all game: I didn’t get the memo”
  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 21, 2016 5:13 PM

    Memo to Joshy ,, You will try and cover him !

  2. eazeback says: Sep 21, 2016 5:14 PM

    cant wait for dude to get exposed! giants have an absolute field day against norman and the rest of that secondary

  3. mongo3401 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:16 PM

    And Victor Cruz will burn him. Norman’s new nickname is going to be TOAST.

  4. alanhaysgrant says: Sep 21, 2016 5:27 PM

    Josh Norman is absolutely great for the game!

  5. abanig says: Sep 21, 2016 5:34 PM

    Seems to me Norman is already in Beckham and Cruz’s head because they keep talking about Norman.

    Also, Britt McHenry sucks as a reporter. I don’t believe her reports to be true, ever.

  6. channer81 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:37 PM

    abanig says:
    Sep 21, 2016 5:34 PM

    Also, Britt McHenry sucks as a reporter. I don’t believe her reports to be true, ever.


    Cause she’s not yelling at some tow company employee? Fair enough..

  7. arwiv says: Sep 21, 2016 5:46 PM

    Odell needs to worry about holding onto passes unlike he did last week, not about norman or any other skins d-back. As far as getting open…..he can get open on anyone.

  8. granadafan says: Sep 21, 2016 5:51 PM

    NOrman acts as if he was completely innocent in the scrum with OBD. Yes, Beckham overreacted, but Norman was equally guilty.

  9. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 21, 2016 6:06 PM

    Does Washington or Cleveland get Deshaun Watson?

  10. tigershark0052 says: Sep 21, 2016 6:12 PM

    McHenry is the real loser in this story.

  11. thefootballgodssay says: Sep 21, 2016 6:17 PM

    The GIANTS also have victor Cruz and sterling Shepard
    It is going to be a long day for Washington

  12. roadtrip3500 says: Sep 21, 2016 6:18 PM

    Victor Cruz said during his weekly radio spot that he will not let that confrontation happen again. He said he will be sure to keep the other WRs (OBJ, Shepard, etc.) in check and their heads in the game.

  13. mackcarrington says: Sep 21, 2016 6:38 PM

    But according to the experts who comment here, he should go to the coach and DEMAND to be put on the other team’s best receiver.

  14. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Sep 21, 2016 6:54 PM

    Same as last year, except Beckham will be thrown out in the first half. Those of you who think Beckham is all that and a bag of tricks you will soon find out how very very wrong you are.

  15. rutchaser says: Sep 21, 2016 7:09 PM

    How did McHenry not get fired for that disgusting tirade? Also she’s not as hot as she thinks she is.

  16. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 21, 2016 7:37 PM

    alanhaysgrant says:
    Sep 21, 2016 5:27 PM
    Josh Norman is absolutely great for the game!

    Josh Norman is absolutely great for Josh Norman.

  17. my_old_name_was_offensive says: Sep 21, 2016 8:12 PM

    The only thing that kept McHenry from being fired is she’s a liberal.

    A conservative like say Curt Schilling would’ve no doubt been terminated within 24 hours….

    Like it or not the Liberalization of America is here to stay, so only liberals can bully others and get away with it…

  18. Bill Marsh says: Sep 21, 2016 9:25 PM

    Did they forget to put the cover sheet on the memo?

  19. fpickering says: Sep 21, 2016 9:32 PM

    Cruz and Shepard you say?

    The Redskins receiving threats are not too shabby either:

    V Davis

  20. pantherpro says: Sep 21, 2016 9:34 PM

    Hey Norman do you miss the Panthers yet? Our new 24 is better than you after two games!!!

  21. demskinsbaby says: Sep 21, 2016 10:59 PM

    Blah, blah, blah!!! Liberals!! Whaaaaa!! Stop crying like biatch!

  22. stlramsdomination says: Sep 21, 2016 11:18 PM

    Gruden: Hi, Josh. What’s happening? We need to talk about your coverage of DGB.
    Norman: Yeah. The coverage. I know, I know. Uh, DeAngelo talked to me about it.
    Gruden: Yeah. Did you get that memo?
    Norman: Yeah. I got the memo. And I understand the policy. And the problem is just that I forgot the one time. And I’ve already taken care of it so it’s not even really a problem anymore.
    Gruden: Ah! Yeah. It’s just we signed you to a rather lucrative lock-down CB deal to cover other teams’ number one WRs . . . So if you could go ahead and try to remember to do that from now on, that’d be great. All right!

  23. vicksdawgpound says: Sep 21, 2016 11:57 PM

    Where is logicalvoicepft???

    Thought Redskins were going to 15-1 ???

    Thought Eagles would be 1-15 ???

    I think your predictions were a bit off bro……

  24. number1hawkfan says: Sep 22, 2016 12:40 AM

    Norman was the new shiny thing that got a bloated contract to play for the redskins. It’s a story as old as time. In football the team makes the player. The panthers had a good d-line and good linebackers in Luke and Thomas Davis. Therefore a skilled norman looked great. Now he’s on a defense that’s mediocre and he looks just as mediocre. Shame on the redskins for making the same mistake they always do. You got the hot player and now he’s mediocre and you’ll have nothing to show for it. I’d say bravo and there will be an encore. There will be another deshaun Jackson, josh Norman, Albert hayensworth and next shiny thing they pay way too much for in the future.

  25. east96st says: Sep 22, 2016 1:13 AM

    This is as critical as the third game of the season can be. Skins do not want to go 0-3 AND have two divisional losses. Norman will play wherever the Skins coaches feel he gives them their best chance to win the game – period. 0-3, 2 divisional losses, and Danny boy will be most unhappy. Jay Gruden may need to start making phone calls to see where his next job will be.

  26. nflsecurity862 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:29 AM

    Norman on covering Beckham all game: I can’t.

  27. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Sep 22, 2016 9:30 AM

    Yeah because Cruz is a leader? How long has he been on the field? Dude will be on IR by week 8.

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