Man, you guys are acting like we cut Megatron. I personally thought he earned a shot at the 1's over the preseason because he was beating up on the scrub 2 and 3's, But I'm not about to kill myself about it. I'd rather have him over Philly Brown but I get the move to cut him. Calm down people, damn.
WHAT HE BRINGS Norwood is a possession-type receiver who shows strong hands and excellent focus in traffic. He has a knack for coming up with big plays at critical moments. Norwood also has excellent awareness and a good feel working against zone coverage. He has a chance to bring strong return at this point. HOW HE FITS Norwood is a savvy, do-it-all guy with great possession skills. He comes up with big plays and excels when plays break down.
Production22009: Redshirted 2010: (12/0)- 3-56-18.7-1 2011: (11/0)- 11-190-17.3-0 2012: (13/11)- 29-461-15.9-4 2013: (12/7)- 38-568-14.9-7Height-Weight-Speed2Great looking frame for position. Tall, thick, cut and athletic build. Has big hands (10') and average arm length (32 1/8'). Good top-end speed for size. 3-Cone time is in the upper echelon level (6.68).Durability3In 2013, did not play vs. Colorado State. In 2012, saw limited playing time vs. FAU due to 'slight injury' and missed Western Carolina game for 'precautionary reasons'. In 2011, did not play vs. North Texas and Arkansas due to undisclosed injuries.Intangibles1Strong football intelligence and character. Well-liked and respected by teammates and coaches. No off-the-field issues to our knowledge. Has a pros work ethic already. Does the little things.Separation Skills2Possession receiver. Does not have great burst out of breaks but does show quick feet for size. Savvy, instinctive route runner. Good feel for zone coverage. Understands how to set up defensive backs. Does an effective job with stems and double moves. Understands option routes and is consistently on same page with QB. Has very good football IQ. Would excel in complex passing game, such as Patriots. Does a great job working back to QB after initial play breaks down. Will get pushed around a bit and can be rerouted too easily. Solid build but will need to improve strength.Ball Skills1Attacks with hands. High points the ball. Doesn't flash hands until last moment. Good focus in traffic. Elevates and makes tough contested catches. Good body control and shows ability to adjust body in air.Big play ability4Lacks juice vertically. Does not show elite gear to track down deep ball. Not overly elusive to make many defenders miss or strong to break many tackles after catch. Does not play as fast as timed-speed might indicate.Competitiveness2Not afraid to work over middle. Makes tough catches in traffic. Not a strong runner after catch but doesn't shy from contact. Dependable possession receiver that does all the little things and pays attention to detail. Inconsistent effort and effectiveness as a blocker, especially in screen game and on crack-back blocks.
Those all seem good, and at face value I can already tell you that #2 is correct. The only player we have left over from the 2011 draft is Cam Newton. No one from 10, no one from 09 left. Rivera has assembled a good staff of teachers to be his coaches (minus Shula). Ever since he's been our coach we've had a youth movement happening and we've been able to compete.
I hate Shula and don't anticipate anything great out of him this year, but we didn't utilize our greatest offensive weapon save for one play tonight. Cam wasn't a threat to run because they don't want to risk it in the preseason. Regular season rolls around and Cam will be another thing defenses have to worry about. Instead of focusing on RB, Receiver and Cam, they just keyed on RB and Receiver on those plays.