Josh Norman Says Odell Beckham Jr. Tries To Be Tough But Is Scared On The Field


Just like the offseason prior, CB Josh Norman has a lot to say about his NFC East division rivals. After taking a swipe at Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant – Norman was then asked his thoughts about New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.

What do you say or do then that sets players off?

I don’t know. Because that year I had two or three people get thrown out of games.

Including that one game [against Beckham Jr.] you said you almost were killed.

I wish I would’ve let myself go that game. That’s one game I wish I would’ve let myself go.

What do you mean by that?

Let everything go.

Like fisticuffs?

Everything. The whole thing. I was held back by trying to play it cool, trying to be a good guy. Screw that.

You get Beckham twice a year now.

Yeah, and that game gets so hyped up by the time we play them, it won’t even be Giants vs. Washington—it’ll be me and him. You know what I’m saying? It’s like when it becomes bigger than the game. … Because now you have us on Thanksgiving Night. C’mon, man!

So when you think of Odell, what is his game?

He tries to be a tough guy. He tries to put on this persona which he’s not. Because he’s always going to have his head on a swivel. Always. Always when we play each other. He’s scary like that. He does things that he normally wouldn’t do because of all the pressure and added hype that he has to put on his whole persona. He’s not this guy. If you go back and watch the games in which we play compared to the games we don’t play each other, he’s a totally different guy.
How so?

When people get physical, tough, like the Minnesota game, he acts out. He’s a kid. He’s a big kid, man.

Like messing around with a kicker’s net.

When you really, really want to see what a person’s really like, you get in their face, you smell what they ate and you take their soul from them. How do you do that? You put your fist right into their chest and you see what they’re made out of.

And you did exactly that with him. What did you see in Beckham?

You see a person who’s actually not what they’re made out to be. Because they come back at you. And that’s not him. They come back at you in a way like, “He’s not going to punk me! He’s not going to sissy me out!” All right! But then when you go and you do things you’re not accustomed to doing, that’s pretty much what it is.

What did he eat when you smelled that breath?

That humble pie!

Norman has never been shy when expressing his feelings, so expect the usual fireworks when these players take the field this upcoming season.

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