According to Josh Norman, Dez Bryant is “just a guy” and Odell Beckham is “a kid”, but what about new Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery?
In an interview with Bleacher Report that was released Thursday, Norman says he has Jeffery already circled on his schedule.
Alshon [Jeffery] is going to be with us this year. He’s a big guy. He uses his body. And I enjoy going against big guys because they think they can get physical with me. They think that. That’s quite the contrary. … It’s those little jokers, those little buggers, you’ve got to get down with. I can’t take a day off. You’ve got guys who if they score on you, if they beat you in any kind of way, it’s going to get blasted. I’m the guy where, if I shut this down, that ain’t going to get shown. But if I give up a touchdown? I’m the worst in the history of the world.
Norman explained that the NFC East is going to be a bloodbath in 2017 and his battles with the receivers in the division are going to get “really ugly.”
Trust me when I tell you, it’s going to be bad blood this year. You think the NFC East didn’t like each other before? This year right here? There’s going to be a lot of fines and maybe some suspensions. I’m going to be honest with you: This s— is going to get really ugly. Because I do have a safety (D.J. Swearinger) that don’t give a f— and I definitely don’t. And I know they don’t have that many people on the offense who do on their side.
Norman stated that Bryant and Beckham are wannabe tough guys. Obviously we all know about Norman and Beckham’s heated rivalry.
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 … When people get physical, tough, like the Minnesota game, he acts out. He’s a kid. He’s a big kid, man.
And what about Dez?
That’s a guy. Just a guy. Dez was Dez in 2012, ’13, ’14. Maybe ’14. Now? He’s a guy … He doesn’t “wow” you. For me, he don’t. For other guys, he probably will do the worst to them because he’ll bully them. But you can’t bully a bully. You know what I’m saying? That’s why his game doesn’t resonate to me … He’s trying to be a tough guy and that’s not him. That’s not how you play ball. The media really created this “talk trash” with me. I don’t really talk to these guys. They’re talking to themselves. I just play them. And then they get a little snippet of me having a conversation with them and blast it on ESPN. So now when I go up against people, the coaches tell them: “Don’t talk to Josh! He’ll get in your head!” My coaches think I have this magic wand and just automatically make these people do something crazy.