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Josh Norman sipping tea in the shade after Julio Jones’ big day

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 02:  Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in this reception against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on October 2, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers secondary got lit up by the Falcons on Sunday.

Matt Ryan threw for 503 yards and 300 of them went to wide receiver Julio Jones as they became the first teammates to hit 500 passing yards and 300 receiving yards in the same game. The Panthers’ attempts to cover Jones took a hit early when rookie James Bradberry hurt his toe and things just got worse from there. While the Carolina pass rush could have been more of a presence, coach Ron Rivera pointed to the problems down the field when it came to Jones’ monster day.

“We tried to cover him. It didn’t work,” Rivera said, via the team’s website. “They did some good things and made some big plays.”

Had things played out differently in the offseason, the Panthers would have had cornerback Josh Norman available for duty against Jones. Norman is in Washington as a result of the Panthers rescinding his franchise tag and was asked about Jones going off against his former team after the Redskins beat the Browns.

“I’m just gonna sip my tea on that one,” Norman said, via J.P. Finley of CSN Mid-Atlantic.

Jones had 178 yards when the Falcons beat the Panthers last season, not all of which came against Norman but it’s not like the team shut Jones down just because Norman was on the field. Norman won’t be back for the rematch this year, so that’s a moot point anyway for a Panthers team that has plenty of things to correct as they try to right the ship after a 1-3 start to the year.

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29 Responses to “Josh Norman sipping tea in the shade after Julio Jones’ big day”
  1. sportmigos says: Oct 3, 2016 7:59 AM

    should have worn the sipping tea frog hat like lebron smh

  2. snakeplizkn says: Oct 3, 2016 8:04 AM

    Josh Norman was too busy giving up touchdowns to a guy (T. Pryor) that decided to try being a wide receiver like 2 minutes ago.

  3. pastabelly says: Oct 3, 2016 8:15 AM

    Losing a top corner always hurts short term and you can look at so many examples. At least, this year, it’s changed the dynamic in the NFC South.

  4. ctiggs says: Oct 3, 2016 8:25 AM

    lmao, panthers tried to get cute and it backfired on them.

  5. pantherfan4life says: Oct 3, 2016 8:30 AM

    Josh we miss you!

  6. classclown71 says: Oct 3, 2016 8:59 AM

    You all need to quite acting like no Josh Norman is the reason Julio Jones had the day he had. The Panthers got absolutely no pass rush for the 4th time this year and they finally ran into a team that took advantage of it. Wouldn’t have mattered if Norman was still on the team or not, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan were going to have a big day when nobody can disrupt or rush the QB.

  7. dirtydrynn27 says: Oct 3, 2016 9:12 AM

    Looks like Carolina needs Josh Norman after all!!!…..Who allows 300 yds. Recieving and says we dont need Norman???

  8. celeoinc says: Oct 3, 2016 9:20 AM

    There is no question the Panthers miss Norman.

  9. romosmicrodongs says: Oct 3, 2016 9:25 AM

    But classclown, I thought the Panthers had the greatest front seven and they were the whole reason norman ever looked good?

  10. rufustfireflyjr says: Oct 3, 2016 9:30 AM

    @ classclown71 – Yes, no Norman wasn’t the only reason that Jones went off, but there’s no way you can convince me that he would have had anywhere close to 3 bills in receiving yards if Norman was still with the Panthers.

  11. hukdeep says: Oct 3, 2016 9:36 AM

    Saints have ZERO pass rush and held Julio to 1 reception last week……

  12. PegulaBucks says: Oct 3, 2016 9:45 AM

    Norman should have used that magic on Pryor yesterday

  13. uglydingo says: Oct 3, 2016 9:57 AM

    Yes, it’s now pretty funny how some in the media applauded Carolina’s decision to part ways with Josh Norman because he was seeking to be paid.

  14. arpy911 says: Oct 3, 2016 9:57 AM

    Julio would have burned his a– too the way he played yesterday.

  15. djp141 says: Oct 3, 2016 10:02 AM

    Obviously the Panthers miss Norman, but Julio lit him up the last time they played.

  16. cardiovascularendurance says: Oct 3, 2016 10:04 AM

    I can’t stand Norman, but that’s a great quote.

  17. gjn804 says: Oct 3, 2016 10:05 AM

    Meanwhile, Norman got lit up by Terrell Pryor yesterday. If it wasn’t for his timely interception, Norman would have had an awful day.

  18. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 3, 2016 10:15 AM

    Hmm, I saw Josh Norman get beat by Pryor and other Browns WRs yesterday on multiple routes.

    And his team was lucky to beat the BROWNS.

    Guy should not be talking.

  19. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 3, 2016 10:15 AM

    Hmm, I saw Josh Norman get beat by Pryor and other Browns WRs yesterday on multiple routes.

    And his team was lucky to beat the BROWNS.

    Guy should not be talking.

  20. bananastandbrewery says: Oct 3, 2016 10:43 AM

    Pryor was targeted 9 times and had 5 receptions for 46 yards. If this is your version of “lit up”, I would hate to see what you saw happen to the Panther’s DB’s yesterday. Barnidge was only slightly better with 7 receptions for 57 yards. I would say Norman and his team did their job.

  21. therealtrenches says: Oct 3, 2016 10:57 AM

    Norman’s comment passes for taking the high road these days, but what he really should have said was something like this: “Julio’s a world class receiver who is hard for anybody to shut down; those guys on the Panthers who tried to cover him, they’re my guys; I went to war with them last year. Sometimes a gifted guy like Julio is just gonna go off. It happens.”

    If he had said something along those lines, my respect for him as a man would have gone way up.

  22. skittlesareyum says: Oct 3, 2016 11:14 AM

    gjn804 says:
    Oct 3, 2016 10:05 AM
    Meanwhile, Norman got lit up by Terrell Pryor yesterday. If it wasn’t for his timely interception, Norman would have had an awful day.

    ——————

    So you’re saying if things didn’t turn out how they did things would be different?

  23. perkjctc says: Oct 3, 2016 11:22 AM

    I think both sides miss each other. The Panthers D looks like a shell of it’s former self and Norman is on a team that has no idea how to truly utilize him and will be residing in the basement for the duration of his contract. Norman did get his payday though so I would put him slightly ahead in this one.

  24. blurocpurp says: Oct 3, 2016 11:54 AM

    ummm im just wondering in what world 5 catches for 46 yards constitutes being “lit up”?! that’s hilarious. norman was darn good yesterday and had the game winning interception. hate on haters. HTTR!

  25. demskinsbaby says: Oct 3, 2016 12:20 PM

    For some reason nobody is mentioning that fearsome front seven anymore… Go figure. 😀

  26. demskinsbaby says: Oct 3, 2016 12:21 PM

    I thought they had a plug and play defense….go figure!

  27. joedskins1959 says: Oct 3, 2016 12:28 PM

    Say what you want, I’m thrilled to have Norman on the team I root for!!!! So far so good- and a great leader and teammate. HTTR

  28. kayakattack says: Oct 3, 2016 2:17 PM

    Norman wouldnt have been anymore effective

  29. nflgtcfl says: Oct 3, 2016 4:01 PM

    Is Norman even playing great this year? I thought their was questions when he was not on the #1 receiver in some games.

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