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Josh Norman | Defensive Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
College: Coastal Carolina
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The Charlotte Observer says LCB Josh Norman has stood out at Panthers OTAs.
Coming off a breakout year, the Panthers are expecting Norman to take another step forward. "He’s on the verge, in my opinion, of being one of the top corners in the National Football League," secondary coach Steve Wilks said. "He’s gotten to the point where he understands the details of the game. He’s been a student of the game. He’s letting the game come to him. He’s not trying to do things outside the defense, and it’s really showing in his play." Finally realizing his potential, Norman could be in for a big payday next offseason if his ascending play continues. Jun 13 - 11:16 AM

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Coach Ron Rivera praised CB Josh Norman, saying "He's come a long way from Day 1."

Norman (6-foot, 195) has been a training camp superstar since being drafted in 2012, but he'd never been able to translate it to games. It's coming together in 2014, as Norman is a top-27 corner at Pro Football Focus since taking over as a full-time player in Week 8. Quarterbacks have a 49.6 passer rating throwing at Norman the past four games. He's a building block in Carolina's secondary.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 09:58:00 AM

S Josh Norman was exited the Panthers' Week 5 matchup with the Bears with a shoulder injury.

Norman hurt himself tackling Matt Forte. He stayed on the ground for some time before walking to the sideline. He is out for the rest of the game.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 01:54:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said CB Josh Norman is having an outstanding training camp.

Norman's had big summers since he was drafted, but he's never translated them to games. "This year he's had the kind of camp you get excited about," Rivera said. Having Norman finally flip the switch would be a boost to Carolina's defense. He's gifted at 6'0/195, but lets his emotions and stubbornness get the best of him at times. Norman is pushing Melvin White and Antoine Cason to start.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 06:40:00 PM

ESPN Panthers blogger David Newton thinks the team could release both CBs Josh Norman and Josh Thomas.

Both Norman and Thomas found themselves on the weekly inactive list many times this past season. Norman played just 103 defensive snaps across three games, while Thomas saw 274 snaps and made six starts. Norman had a fine preseason but has been roasted in coverage when the games count. The Panthers would like to re-sign free agent CB Captain Munnerlyn. They were also impressed with undrafted rookie CB Melvin White in 2013.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Panthers CB Josh Norman has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL.

It's typically a multi-week injury. Norman has been coming off the bench, but injuries in the Panthers' secondary forced him into 64 snaps Sunday. He struggled mightily.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 03:25:00 PM

Panthers CB Josh Norman has five tackles and three interceptions through two preseason games.

Norman was relegated to backup duties during the final four games of 2012, but has put together a strong camp and should regain his starting job at right cornerback. Captain Munnerlyn and Drayton Florence are candidates to be demoted.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 06:52:00 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said CB Josh Norman came back from his 2012 rookie-year benching as a "different kid."

Norman, the No. 143 pick out of Coastal Carolina last year, started the first 12 games but rode the bench for the final four weeks. Entering the league, Norman had a reputation for "guessing routes," and that's what got him in trouble as a rookie. As it stands right now, he's Carolina's No. 1 corner. The feeling inside the organization is Norman can develop into a top-tier cover man.
Sun, Apr 21, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Panthers rookie RCB Josh Norman was benched for performance in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Falcons.

Coach Ron Rivera explained afterwards that he "wanted to look at other players," although it's no secret that Norman has struggled all year in pass coverage. And despite being picked on routinely, Norman has failed to capitalize with big plays. He has one interception and no forced fumbles on the season.
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 06:03:00 PM

ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas suggests fifth-round CB Josh Norman showed well enough at OTAs that the Panthers believe he could start as a rookie.

Per Yasinskas, the coaching staff and Steve Smith have been "raving" about Norman to the point where they believe he could end up starting opposite Chris Gamble, moving Captain Munnerlyn to nickel back. It sounds like Norman may have already passed Brandon Hogan and Darius Butler on the early depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 01:39:00 PM

Panthers signed No. 143 overall pick CB Josh Norman to a four-year contract.

A playmaker and shutdown corner at small school Coastal Carolina, Norman may need a year of adjustment at the NFL level. He's expected to push Captain Munnerlyn, Darius Butler, and Brandon Hogan for playing time opposite Chris Gamble.
Thu, May 10, 2012 09:59:00 PM

Panthers selected Coastal Carolina CB Josh Norman with the No. 143 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Norman starred locally as a shutdown corner garnering all-conference and All-American honors the past three seasons. Norman gets high grades for instincts and the ability to "high-point" the ball, but he also developed a reputation for guessing routes at the East-West Shrine. Coming from a small school, Norman will have to prove he can take on more than a nickel and special teams role in the NFL.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 02:22:00 PM