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Norman looked awesome Sunday. He is only going to get better and better. I like that he has that chipiness as well. We all think of him as a small school guy, which he is but he was also recruited heavily by team like Alabama, Florida and other major football schools.

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Awesome research, panther4life. Much appreciated. I don't always have full confidence in PFF's stats, but as much so as anywhere else I guess. What you posted aligns with my own perception of the game.

their stats are top notch and probably the best there are.

it's what they do with those stats that is questionable.

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Freeman didn't really do poo other than that touchdown drive. Our corners played fine.

our dline turned it up a notch in the second half. that could have something to do with good coverage as well.

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with DBs you can pretty much tell what coverage they are, but sometimes you cant.how does pff decides what coverage they are in and their job responisability? do they have access to call sheets or were each defender job is?

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Norman looked awesome Sunday. He is only going to get better and better. I like that he has that chipiness as well. We all think of him as a small school guy, which he is but he was also recruited heavily by team like Alabama, Florida and other major football schools.

Another aspect that gets lost in the shuffle is his size. He is as big as Gamble now. He should only get stronger and bigger being in an NFL weight and conditioning program.

Sorry for the bump. Wasn't paying atttention.

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few things i saw pop up about norman today...

Well, goal one - completed. Norman started opposite of Christ Gamble last Sunday in Tampa, and unless I missed it, he didn't look that bad on the field. Of course, he didn't set the world on fire and make everyone realize that the Panthers had drafted the next Darelle Revis, but at the same time he didn't appear to look like he didn't belong on the same field as the other players either. In short: it wasn't an All-Pro performance, but it wasn't a "why the heck did we draft this guy?" performance either.

Norman isn't completely satisfied with just being a starting CB in the NFL though. He has other goals, as we see below:

I think it's safe to say that we're all behind Norman and hope he can accomplish those goals. I also think that he has the tools necessary to be a successful starter in the NFL, and even if he falls short of his goal to become a Pro Bowl Cornerback, being a consistent starter on a winning team is an amazing feat in and of itself, especially for a 5th round pick from a tiny school in Coastal South Carolina.

One thing that must be mentioned here, and it is featured in Max Henson's profile of Norman over at Panthers.com: when he went down in training camp with a hamstring injury, Norman didn't sulk on the sidelines with a "woe is me" attitude. Instead, he buried himself in the playbook, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn even if he wasn't able to put it into practice on the field.

From Henson's feature:

Putting all of Norman's bravado aside, I think it's great that he understands the path to greatness in the NFL is a process that requires more than natural ability. He knows that it requires a lot of hard work - both on and off the field - and even though he walked into camp on the first day with an "I'm ready to conquer the world" attitude, I think it's his ability to grasp the reality of being a rookie player and having to earn everything you get in the League that will help him towards accomplishing all the goals he has set for himself.

http://www.derp.com/...oriented-player

Josh Norman, the Panthers’ rookie who is starting at cornerback, will undoubtedly be a Brees target Sunday and said he is looking forward to that challenge. He has been studying Brees closely on film, trying to understand what makes him so good.

“He’s a big pump faker,” Norman said of Brees. “He likes to show his shoulders one way and then come back to the other side. And for a DB, you cannot look into his eyes.”

Norman warmed to the topic, acting as if staring into Brees’ eyes was almost like staring into the eyes of a hypnotist.

“You can’t gaze into them,” he said. “Once you do that, he gets a touchdown for sure. He always knows where he wants to go – he just does the rest to toy with the DBs. The shoulders, the pump fake, the eyes – it’s all just to throw us out of the way.”

interview on panthers.com

http://www.fanfeedr.com/nfl/carolina-panthers?id=6c953f76-51a8-5a0e-95ee-ace6e8d8aa7d

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I wish he kept the dreads. And Gamble.

I wish our whole team including Kuechly and Nortman had dreads

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I like that. Good to see he's doing his homework.

Let's see some results on the field now Norman.

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I like that. Good to see he's doing his homework.

Let's see some results on the field now Norman.

if he does his job right you probably wouldn't notice.

i'm hoping that he gets targeted very little by brees. brees will probably test him out, though. i just hope that he regrets it early and is constantly forced to look elsewhere.

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Norman was getting abused by V. Jax most of the 1st half, it was almost painful to watch. But im not too worried since he is a rookie. V Jax had 46 yards, yes, i understand. But everytime I watched the matchup Jax was open a good majority of the time. 2nd half he looked better as he settled in. PI was bull. that is all.

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