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Mutual respect between Steve Smith and Josh Norman, for now

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Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith and Washington cornerback Josh Norman have shared plenty of words over the years, beginning with their days as teammates with the Panthers.

But though Smith was the one doing most of the talking then, and Norman has become the focal point these days, the two are taking a low-key approach to this weekend’s meeting between their current Baltimore and Washington teams.

I don’t know why he’d match up with me – old-ass receiver – so, I mean, I’m excited to play ball,” Smith said with a laugh, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “You know, don’t have a lot of these coming back, can’t get any of these back, so I am excited to play every game.”

That’s Smith’s way of soft-pedaling this one, but the two used to go at it every day in practice, when Smith thought part of his job was helping the personnel department decide which cornerbacks to cut. He once told Norman “he’s going to learn very quickly this isn’t Coastal Carolina,” when the brash rookie tried him, and Norman said their matchups helped form him as a player.

“Lion against a lion. Dog against a dog, beast against a beast, man,” Norman said. “His will imposed upon mine, mine imposed upon his, trying to edge out to see who could get the best of each other that day. It was always trying to steal your food, eat your food, take your dog plate kind of matchup. . . .

“Just the fight, man. We’d have tussles here and there, which is expected. But that guy will take your heart away from you if you allow him to. . . . Every time to be out there was a chance to get better.”

Smith said he viewed Norman now as “a little brother,” but it’s hard to imagine he won’t try to take any opportunity this weekend to remind Norman he’s the older sibling.

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17 Responses to “Mutual respect between Steve Smith and Josh Norman, for now”
  1. bigjdve says: Oct 6, 2016 8:16 AM

    I love the whole “Let’s try to drum up drama where there isn’t any” thing.

    While not the biggest Norman fan, he hasn’t been doing nearly as much talking as he was last year. He also has been doing more coverage than he was last year.

    So maybe that big paycheck means that he is learning something.

  2. saint9904 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:21 AM

    Soooo anyone else hoping Smith breaks Norman’s jaw????? Would be nice not having to hear this clown run is mouth every other day!

  3. delhommegoat says: Oct 6, 2016 8:44 AM

    If only 89 still had Delhomme throwing to him SMH

  4. edon8334 says: Oct 6, 2016 8:51 AM

    can’t wait for this matchup

  5. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 6, 2016 9:03 AM

    Norman just loves the sound of his own voice. Just keep talking and converted QBs will keep running by you to catch the ball

  6. bazookajoeflacco says: Oct 6, 2016 9:10 AM

    The way Smith completely man-handled that Oakland CB on his touchdown last week leads me to believe that Norman has his work cut out for him.

  7. guitarkevin says: Oct 6, 2016 9:21 AM

    Too bad more of the Ravens don’t have Smith’s attitude.

  8. corduroy88 says: Oct 6, 2016 9:34 AM

    OBJ and Norman — two guys I’m thankful I don’t have to be around on a daily basis.

  9. finchy74 says: Oct 6, 2016 9:40 AM

    Absolutely ridiculous that Smith is back and playing at a high level after tearing his Achilles last year. A lot of younger players would not have been ready to go at the beginning of this season. Not a Ravens or Panthers fan, so I say this purely as a fan of football: It’s going to be a sad day with Steve Smith is no longer playing in this league.

  10. inozwetrust says: Oct 6, 2016 9:49 AM

    Smith and Norman neutralize each other. Ok. Wallace and Perriman and Aiken combined have big days. Ravens roll in this one and get back on the winning track.

  11. corkspop says: Oct 6, 2016 9:53 AM

    Get your popcorn ready. This could be good.

  12. sidepull says: Oct 6, 2016 9:57 AM

    Gonna be fun to watch.

  13. suggzz says: Oct 6, 2016 10:59 AM

    Love Steve Smith (then again I am biased). Going to be a great game.

  14. owlbania says: Oct 6, 2016 11:19 AM

    saint9904 says:
    Soooo anyone else hoping Smith breaks Norman’s jaw?????

    Might have happened when they were on the same team, Smith sucker punches teammates.

  15. sgrvn329 says: Oct 6, 2016 12:10 PM

    Steve Smith is pound for pound one of the toughest WR in the NFL! For small WR he will dominate a DB. Should be a great matchup, but the Ravens defense will eat Kirk Cousins lunch.

  16. skinsdiehard says: Oct 6, 2016 11:29 PM

    vikingsdefineaverage says:
    Oct 6, 2016 9:03 AM
    Norman just loves the sound of his own voice. Just keep talking and converted QBs will keep running by you to catch the ball
    What converted QB ran past him? I think Pryor had 4 catches for 45 yards and Norman had an INT. Did you watch the game? Idiot.

  17. skinsdiehard says: Oct 6, 2016 11:32 PM

    Ravens D will shut down Cousins? In your dreams. They won’t be able to stop TE Jordan Reed, WR DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder or TE Vernon Davis. Our O-Line is top 5 rated by PFF. Get ready to be pummeled.

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